Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus)
Assembly of the Republic
|9th Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus|
Leader of the Main Opposition of Northern Cyprus
|Party-list proportional representation|
|7 January 2018|
|Assembly of the Republic|
Köşklüçiftlik, North Nicosia,
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The Assembly of the Republic (Turkish: Cumhuriyet Meclisi) is the parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It has 50 members, elected for a five-year term by mitigated proportional representation. A party must cross the electoral threshold (5% of the total vote) to be awarded any seats. The parliament is composed of 50 MPs, chosen from six electoral districts, which are coterminous with the districts of Northern Cyprus: Lefkoşa, Gazimağusa, Girne, Güzelyurt, Lefke and İskele.
In Northern Cyprus parliamentary elections, voters vote for individual candidates. There are two ways of voting.
- Voters can vote for a party, which in effect is voting for every MP candidate from that party in that district once. The voter can further prioritize the MPs in this kind of voting.
- Alternatively, the voter may not choose a party, but vote for candidates from different parties. In this kind of mixed voting, the voter cannot choose more than the number of MPs the district is allotted.
Parliamentary elections were last held on 7 January 2018. A coalition of four parties was formed between Republican Turkish Party (CTP), People's Party (HP), Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and Democratic Party (DP)
|National Unity Party||1,907,030||35.58||21||+7|
|Republican Turkish Party||1,121,478||20.92||12||–9|
|Communal Democracy Party||463,081||8.64||3||+1|
|Alliance for Change and Liberation (TKP-YG+BKP)||143,645||2.68||0||0|
|Nationalist Democracy Party||7,083||0.13||0||New|
|Total votes cast||126,196||100|
|Sources: BRTK Kıbrıs|
Note: Each voter may cast multiple votes, one for each seat in the parliament. Hence, the vote totals of some parties exceed the number of registered voters.
However, following the resignation of Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş on 8 May due to a dispute regarding the allocation of state-owned land on to a university, the People's Party withdrew from the coalition government, which caused the government to collapse. On 9 May 2019, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman presented the Government resignation to President Akinci.
The parliament building is located on Osmanpaşa Caddesi, opposite the Turkish embassy in North Nicosia. The building is a two-storey colonial structure.
Council of Europe assembly representation
In 2004, the Turkish Cypriot community was awarded "observer status" in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Since then, the two Turkish Cypriot representatives to PACE are elected by the Assembly of Northern Cyprus.
- 2005–2007: CTP Özdil Nami; UBP Huseyin Ozgurgun
- 27 January 2011: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Ahmet Eti
- 4 December 2013: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Tahsin Ertugruloglu
- James Ker-Lindsay (UN SG's Former Special Representative for Cyprus) The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession: Preventing the Recognition of Contested States, p.149
- Today's Zaman
- "Official website of the Assembly of the Republic" (in Turkish).
- "List of deputies" (in Turkish). Official Website of the Assembly of the Republic.
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