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North coalition in trouble over lack of pay from Turkey

Turkish Cypriots could face a new coalition administration

THE coalition government in the north is facing another crisis with threats of walkouts once again, this time due to the inability of the regime to pay full salaries to civil servants as the financial protocol with Turkey has yet to be renewed.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, the National Unity Party (UBP) is unhappy with the delay in the signing of the financial protocol with Turkey for 2016-2018, which led to a halt in transfer of funds from Turkey to the regime as of January.

It was reported the breakaway regime cannot fully pay the salaries for March and that those with a net salary more than 4,000 Turkish liras (TL), or around €1,400, will receive only 60 per cent of their salary. Those earning less will be paid in full but in few days.

UBP, according to Havadis, is considering the establishment of a new administration without the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), its coalition partner, with the aim to sign the protocol, carry out reforms and declare elections.

Yeni Duzen quoted UBP chairman Hüseyin Özgürgün, as saying that the “government cannot continue this way”, and that his party will decide on Saturday whether they will pull out of the coalition.

This is the second time UBP has threatened to leave the coalition this year. In February, the party had warned it would pull out due to disagreements with the CTP over the terms of the agreement between the regime and Turkey on the management of the water pumped from Mersin to the north.

In both cases, there are rumours that should UBP walk out, it would form a coalition with Serdar Denktash’s Democratic Party – National Forces (DP-UG).

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