The earliest that an election can be held is in April 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktas has said.
In an interview with Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ which mainly covered domestic issues, Denktas also noted that there had been a request for legal amendments in the Assembly.
Journalist Mert Ozdag, in his column titled, ‘One Hour with Serdar Denktas’, writes that he discussed, off the record, proposals prepared by Denktas’ party DP regarding the Cyprus problem.
Ozdag reports that there were detailed proposals which included everything from the opening of new border crossing points to the fenced-off town of Maras. Denktas has already submitted his proposals to President Mustafa Akinci.
The journalist writes: “Denktas has a new policy to become more active and influential. (…) He stressed that they should show that they exist, not just promoting the TRNC. The new policy will be ‘We also exist here’. (…) Maras should be opened under Turkish administration. (…) Let’s open it to contribute to the economy.”
Ozdag concluded his commentary by writing that he feels that Denktas is testing the ground for the 2020 presidential elections.