Camden

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
The Turkish President will be happy his candidate won but more tension .. Tatar is a 2 state solution candidate with separate sovereign administration... Akinci, was a pro-reunification moderate.
 
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LauraB

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
It will be very interesting to see where things go from here. I am sure Akıncı did his best over the last five years but since the Crans Montana talks broke down in 2017 there doesn't appear to have been much progress and he (Akıncı) was following the idea that was first proposed in 1977 so I totally understand that people are just a bit fed up with the same old, same old. Perhaps Tatar will be able to move things forward in a more positive way. We can only wait and see.
 
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Camden

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
Snap Elections in Northern Cyprus ...

Rising anger with Turkey drives calls for reunification in crisis-hit northern Cyprus​

With the economy in freefall and allegations of political interference, people have taken to the streets to advocate for federal future



Amid an economic crisis, there is little political interest among the TRNC ..... Turkish Cypriot voters head to polls


Turkish Cypriots were set to cast their ballots Sunday for a snap legislative election in the breakaway northern third of the Mediterranean island after a campaign dominated by an economic crisis.

The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the plummeting value of the Turkish lira.

Analysts said there has been a lack of interest in the poll among some 204,000 voters who were "concerned primarily with their health, safety and economic welfare."

 

LauraB

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
With turnout at 11.30am being only 13% it is possible it will be the lowest turnout ever. We have until 6pm when the polls close.
 

Camden

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
Opinion polls indicate that the right-wing National Unity Party (UBP), which envisions a two-state solution to the island's division, will do the best in the election for a new parliament, where it holds 21 seats.

followed by the centre-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP), which favours a settlement with the Greek Cypriots.

Some on the left have called for a boycott of the elections

The small United Cyprus Party (BKP), favours a federal solution, and has stated that "nothing will change" until Turkish Cypriots are "liberated from the yoke of Ankara".
 

LauraB

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
Well we made it to 43.42% at 3pm. Couple of minutes now and the stations will close. Hopefully the total will be somewhat better. We'll see!
 

Camden

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Tatar wins the Northern Cyprus election.
Turkish Cyprus’ governing National Unity Party (UBP) won early parliamentary elections on Sunday, increasing its share of the vote to 39.5 percent, according to preliminary results. The main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) received a 32 percent share.

The right-wing UBP, which has close political ties to the government of Turkish President secured 24 out of 50 seats in parliament and is expected to form a new government with its current junior coalition partner, the right-wing Democratic Party (DP).

Voter turnout at the election slid to a record low of 57.6 percent, according to figures announced by Narin Şefik, head of the High Election Board (YSK) of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). In the 2018 parliamentary elections, 66.1 percent of the electorate cast votes.

The first task of the new government will be to address the TRNC’s economic troubles, Faiz Sucuoğlu, the prime minister and leader of the UBP, said in a statement following the announcement of the preliminary results.

The TRNC, which only Turkey recognises as a legitimate state, held the early parliamentary elections after the government lost its legislative majority in October and resigned. The elections were due to be held in 2023. The nationalist UBP was led by TRNC President Ersin Tatar before he won presidential elections in October 2020.

Tatar and the UBP, backed by Turkey, are advocating a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem, rather than reunification with the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus based on a U.N. and European Union-advocated federal model.


The breakaway territory’s economy relies heavily on mainland Turkey, where a financial storm has erupted after its central bank cut interest rates to 14 percent from 19 percent between September and December despite a jump in inflation to 36.1 percent. The lira, which is also the currency of the TRNC, has slumped to successive record lows, losing 44 percent of its value last year.
 

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