Reports Conflict on Who Will Form Coalition

The People’s Party (HP) has fully authorised its chairman Kudret Ozersay to hold meetings to establish a coalition government.

In statements following the decision which was taken last night, Ozersay countered any speculation that the HP intends to establish a coalition with the National Unity Party (UBP). After its decision, the HP is focused on establishing a four-party coalition government with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Social Democracy Party (TDP) and the Democratic Party (DP).

According to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ the UBP is unlikely to form a government, because everyone, except for the settlers’ Revival Party (YDP), has closed the door on cooperation with the UBP. The paper writes that after the situation is clarified, President Mustafa Akinci is expected to assign Tufan Erhurman, CTP’s chairman, with the duty of establishing a government.

However, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibrisli’ reports that behind the scenes, consultations on the issue of establishing a government are continuing and that things are heading towards a three-party coalition between the right-wing parties, that is the UBP, the DP and the YDP. According to the paper, this will be a government which will last for 15 months and lead the Turkish Cypriots to new elections.

Furthermore, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ reports that the declaration of the winners of the elections will be held today in each district separately and the newly elected deputies will receive their mandate. The new parliament will convene for the first time on Monday, 22 January.

Finally, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Halkin Sesi’ reported that President Akinci is expected to assign the duty of establishing a government to UBP’s chairman, Huseyin Ozgurgun.

Afrika, Kibrisli, Yeni Duzen, Halkin Sesi

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