Cyprus will have two time zones, an hour apart, as of October 31, after the Turkish Cypriot ‘parliament’ decided on Thursday to follow Turkey’s example and not return to daylight-saving time.
Turkey has decided not to turn its clocks back an hour next month when daylight-saving time comes into effect on October 30.
Later in the day it was reported that the Turkish Cypriot side would follow the same example which will leave them an hour ahead of their Greek Cypriot compatriots on the other side of the Green Line going into October 31.
CNA reported that after a meeting of the Turkish Cypriot ‘parliament’ on Thursday the north decided to stick with summer time.
Last year Turkey waited a week to fall in line with the rest of the world for a period of around a week before changing to daylight saving time, causing frustration both in Turkey and in the north as computers and smartphones automatically dialled back an hour.
According to Turkey’s Daily Sabah on Thursday, Turkish people will no longer ‘fall back’ after a cabinet decision saying summer time would continue throughout the year in Turkey was published on the Official Gazette on Thursday.
The paper said that Decision no. 24005 dated September 6, 2016, issued by the ministry of energy and natural resources amended the second article of the Law Regarding the 24-Hour Day.
“The clause specifying the end of daylight savings time on October 30, 2016 as of 4 am. local time has been repealed accordingly,” it said.