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Right-wing will govern in North Cyprus

20 April 2009 / 10:04:39  GRReporter
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The National Unity Party of Dervish Eroglou won 44.16% of Turkish Cypriot votes on the parliamentary elections in North Cyprus. This way the right Party will have 26 seats in the parliament, which will give them the opportunity to create an independent government. The Turkish Republican Party, which belongs to the president Mehmed Ali Talat and which was governing until now, takes second place with 29.34% of the votes and 16 seats in the parliament. 10.6% was won by the Democratic Party headed by Serdat Denktash, which will have 5 parliament members. Two more Parties will have one member each in the 50 member North Cyprian parliament.

As announced by the electronic publication iKypros, after the end of the elections, Dervish Eroglou said that continuing the direct negotiations regarding solving the Cypriot problem will be a priority for his government. He also expressed his support for President Talat. He did not exclude the possibility for the President to join the negotiations with the Greek Cypriots.

Analyzers, quoted by the same publication explain the victory of the right Party with the bad move of the Northern Cyprus’ economy and with the huge disappointment from the EU, which promised to abolish the international isolation of the north Cypriot Turkish republic but until not this has not happened. The analyzers are comparing today’s situation in the Turkish part of the island with the one in the Greek part in 2004, when the nationalists took power and the Greek Cypriots rejected the Anan’s plan.

A source from Mehmed Ali Talat’s administration said for iKypros that he is afraid that Dervish Eroglou might pass a law in the parliament, which will limit Talat’s power, which in a way is similar to what Talat himself did to Rauf Denktash.

The direct negotiations between the leaders of the Cypriot Turks and Cypriot Greeks gave some hope that the Cypriot issue will be solved. Mehmed Ali Talat and Dimitris Christofias reached a consensus on 80% of the negotiation topics – “Relationship with the EU” and “Power distribution and common government.” The negotiations of three more topics must end until the end of June – “Economy,” “Territory,” “Security.” If an agreement is reached on those topics as well, then the two communities of the split Mediterranean island will have a referendum  and will have to vote for their unification on the next presidential elections in north Cyprus, which will be in April of 2010.

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