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Protocol signed for new coalition ‘government’ in the north

Tufan Erhurman


The Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Peoples’ Party (HP), the Social Democratic Party (TDP) and the Democratic Party (DP) on Thursday signed the protocol for the new coalition ‘government’.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, the leaders of the four parties finalised work on the protocol at a meeting they held on Wednesday.

The leader of the CTP, Tufan Erhurman, will on Friday present his ‘cabinet’ to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Once approved by Akinci, a vote of confidence will be held in ‘parliament’ next week for the new ‘government’.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the ‘legislative assembly’, Erhurman said that the four parties had a common understanding on the principles on which they will ‘govern’.

The goal will be to introduce sweeping reforms, he said, while the coalition ‘government’ will create a more democratic, free, egalitarian and inclusive society based on the rule of law.
Erhurman admitted that the four-party coalition would face challenges in solving outstanding problems but expressed his belief that it would be possible to overcome these problems as the working relationship established by the four parties was proof of this.
“Everything is possible through cooperation and goodwill. I believe this…I’ve seen this” he said.
The CTP leader also said that the new ‘government’ will work towards ending the division that has emerged recently in Turkish Cypriot society.

Erhurman was handed the task of forming a ‘government’ on Tuesday by Akinci. Under the proposed four-way coalition, Erhurman is set to become ‘prime-minister’ with his party taking four ‘ministries’. The HP will have three and DP and TDP will each be allocated two ‘ministries’. The coalition will total 27 MPs out of 50 – giving them a slim working majority.

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