The National Unity Party (UBP) and the People’s Party (HP) of North Cyprus inked May 22 a coalition protocol and established the new government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. While Ersin Tatar, the UBP leader, became the prime minister, the HP leader and incumbent Kudret Özersay not only maintained his foreign minister title but also added a “deputy prime minister” to it. Sunat Atun, who was expected to become the finance and treasury minister, was left out of the cabinet, signifying intense efforts on every name while the list was being drafted over the past week. The UBP and HP coalition government has no alternative but to be successful. A left-right four-way coalition government exhausted the hopes and vision of young Turkish Cypriots, a routine outcome of leftist-led governments in North Cyprus. Its establishment was awkward as two major parties of the nationalist flank, the UBP and the HP, had 30 seats in the 50-seat parliament. Furthermore, with the addition of a further five seats of the Democrat Party (DP) and the New Birth Party (YDSP) the overall strength of the nationalists in parliament was way bigger than the required two-third majority to even change the constitution. The… Read full this story
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