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New administration in north

THE NEW coalition ‘government’ in the north was sworn in on Monday during a ceremony which saw the newly formed cabinet of the centre-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Democrat Party (DP) taking their positions.

Former ‘prime minister’ Sibel Siber told reporters that her party had tried to do the best it could for the people and the country but that there are many things that still need to be done. Leader of the CTP, OzkanYorgancioglu praised Siber’s efforts but added that the new coalition would attempt to raise people’s morale even more.

With voter turnout in July’s elections 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 CTP will 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.

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