Cyprus Mail

Turkey accused of interfering in north’s elections

TURKEY’S JUSTICE and Development Party (AKP) has reportedly sent 25 election campaign experts to the occupied north to assist the National Unity Party (UBP) win the upcoming ‘parliamentary’ election this month.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika, the government of Tayyip Erdogan wants to influence the election scheduled for July 28 to help the UBP to victory after it was ousted from power following a vote of no confidence by Turkish Cypriot ‘deputies’.

It’s no secret that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has been at loggerheads with UBP head Irsen Kucuk for some time, and that it is Kucuk who enjoys the support of Ankara.

Reports have even suggested it was Eroglu who convinced eight ‘deputies’ to leave the UBP and call for a vote of no confidence against Kucuk, forcing him to step down as ‘prime minister’.

Afrika quoted the head of the Democratic Party in the north Serdar Dentkash saying the team of experts from Turkey will use underhanded measures and misinformation to achieve its goals.

“As you can see we are entering a very dirty campaign period,” said Denktash.

The paper accused the Turkish government of interfering once again in the elections of the breakaway regime.

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