Council of ministers bypassing citizenship laws

The UBP/DP coalition government continues to grant citizenship for exceptional reasons as decided by the council of ministers, a report by Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ says.

The council of ministers have justified their decision citing a clause in the citizenship law which refers to the granting of citizenship under exceptional circumstances. The usual provisions are that an applicant must have been resident in the TRNC for five consecutive years from the date of application for citizenship. Also, that the applicant’s behaviour has to indicate the intention to settle in the country.

The citizenship law declares “this situation is considered obligatory by the council of ministers, prior to granting citizenship”.

Yeni Duzen further reports that while making the decision on the latest citizenships, the council of ministers did not ask for evidence of the length of residence in the TRNC or the decision to settle down.

The paper also publishes the names of the 31 people who were granted TRNC citizenship.

Yeni Duzen

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