Cyprus Mail

Coalition formed in the north

A COALITION between the centre-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Democrat Party (DP) was being finalised on Wednesday night in the north.

Turkish Cypriot press reported that the leader of CTP Ozkan Yorgancioglu said in a written statement that his party would be the ‘ruling’ party and take the ‘ministries’ of interior, foreign affairs, finance, agriculture and energy, labour and health.

Serdar Denktash’s Democrat Party will be the junior coalition partner and take the ‘ministries’ of tourism and economy, public works and transport, education, youth and sport, environment and natural resources.

According to Yorgancioglu, the decision was due to be finalised at the end of Wednesday night’s meeting between the two parties.

With voter turnout in July at just 69 per cent – the lowest in two decades -, no party claimed outright victory. However, by gaining the largest share of the vote (38.4 per cent), giving the party 21 seats in the 50-seat ‘parliament’, the CTP was charged with forming a ‘government’.

The creation of the coalition is based on a compromise that will meet the expectations of the party and the people to help find a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal solution based on political equality in Cyprus, Yorgancioglu said in a statement.




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