Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus)

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Assembly of the Republic
Cumhuriyet Meclisi
Type
Type
Leadership
Sibel SiberCTP
since 4 September 2013
Özkan YorgancıoğluCTP
since 31 August 2013
Leader of the Main Opposition of Norhern Cyprus
Hüseyin ÖzgürgünUBP
since 31 August 2013
Structure
Seats 50
Current Structure of the Assembly of the Republic
Political groups

Government

  Democratic Party : 8 seats

Main Opposition

  National Unity Party: 18 seats

Opposition

Elections
Party-list proportional representation
D'Hondt method
Last election
28 July 2013
Next election
2017
Meeting place
Assembly of the Republic
Köşklüçiftlik, North Nicosia,
Northern Cyprus
Website
Assembly of the Norhern Cyprus
Coat of arms of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
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The Assembly of the Republic (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 election threshold (5% of the total vote) to be awarded any seats. The parliament is composed of 50 MPs, chosen from five electoral districts, which are coterminous with the districts of Northern Cyprus: Lefkoşa, Gazimağusa, Girne, Güzelyurt 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.

2013 elections[edit]

Parliamentary elections were last held on 28 July 2013. They were won by the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), thus deposing the National Unity Party (UBP) from power.

Results[1]
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Republican Turkish Party 477,209 38.38 21 +6
National Unity Party 339,864 27.33 14 –12
Democratic Party 288,021 23.16 12 +7
Communal Democracy Party 92,110 7.41 3 +1
United Cyprus Party 39,127 3.15 0 0
Independents 7,110 0.57 0 0
Total 1,243,441 100 50 0
Turnout 120,287 69.61 N/A
Registered voters 172,803 100

Location[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2]

  • 2005–2007: CTP Özdil Nami; UBP Huseyin Ozgurgun[3]
  • 27 January 2011: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Ahmet Eti[4]
  • 4 December 2013: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Tahsin Ertugruloglu[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Carr
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Today's Zaman
  4. ^ Sabah
  5. ^ RoC

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°10′56″N 33°21′30″E / 35.18222°N 33.35833°E / 35.18222; 33.35833