LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar on Monday once again assigned the task of forming a new government to the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP).
Tatar received UBP acting Chairman Ersan Saner at the Presidency and gave him the task after talks failed twice in recent weeks to form a government in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
In a press conference after the meeting, Saner said there had been a serious vacuum in the country since the previous coalition government, which included the UBP, disintegrated in October.
Underlining that his party would do everything within its mandate to form a government as soon as possible, he said that they had met with members of two other parties the previous night.
“We’ll start negotiations immediately […] first thing this evening. I hope that if we can produce positive results from here, we’ll carry out all kinds of work to create a model government that will be best for our people.”
President Tatar had asked Saner to form a government once before on Nov. 7, but talks fell through and the UBP chief returned the reins of government two weeks later.
Tufan Erhurman, the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), was next in line to make an attempt, but he also failed by Dec. 3.
The UBP currently holds 20 seats in parliament, while the CTP has 12, the People’s Party (HP) six, the Democrat Party (DP) three, Communal Democracy Party (TDP) three and Rebirth Party (YDP) two. Three seats are held by independents after they recently resigned from the HP.
Saner had told reporters he would launch talks with the DP and YDP.
Forming a government in the TRNC’s 50-seat parliament requires the support of 26 lawmakers.
*Writing by Merve Berker