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Post-election hoo-hah in Northern Cyprus

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Turkish Cypriots are busy forming a government. The National Unity Party (UBP) produced 21 seats. The newly-established People’s Party (HP) won nine seats. The Democrat Party (DP) suffered a serious setback but still managed to gain three seats. The newly-established New Birth Party (YDP) supported mainly by Turks with mainland backgrounds took two seats.

The cumulative electoral and parliamentary strength of the “nationalist block” exceeded 70 percent and reached 35 seats. In a 50-seat parliament with a group of parties with similar ideologies that have won such a clear majority, you would think making a coalition government would be easy. Alas, such hopes have been dashed. Apart from the YDP, which said it would enter a coalition government irrespective of ideology provided the government committed Northern Cyprus to holding early elections, all the “nationalist” parties have expressed their unwillingness to form a coalition with the UBP.

This unwillingness also extents to the socialist Republican Turks’........

© Hürriyet Daily News