Northern Cyprus parliamentary election, 2013

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Northern Cyprus parliamentary election, 2013
Northern Cyprus
2009 ←
28 July 2013 → Next

All 50 seats of the Assembly of the Republic
26 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 69.6% (Decrease12.1 pp)
  First party Second party
  Özkan Yorgancıoğlu.jpg İrsen Küçük
Leader Özkan Yorgancıoğlu İrsen Küçük
Party CTP UBP
Leader's seat Lefkoşa Lefkoşa
Last election 15 seats, 29.2% 26 seats, 44.1%
Seats won 21 14
Seat change Increase6 Decrease12
Popular vote 477,209 339,864
Percentage 38.4% 27.3%
Swing Increase9.2 pp Decrease16.8 pp

  Third party Fourth party
  Serdar Denktaş Mehmet Çakıcı
Leader Serdar Denktaş Mehmet Çakıcı
Party DP TDP
Leader's seat Lefkoşa Lefkoşa
Last election 5 seats, 10.7% 2 seats, 6.9%
Seats won 12 3
Seat change Increase7 Increase1
Popular vote 288,021 92,110
Percentage 23.2% 7.4%
Swing Increase12.5 pp Increase0.5 pp

Prime Minister before election

Sibel Siber (interim)
CTP

Elected Prime Minister

Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
CTP

Parliamentary elections were held in Northern Cyprus on 28 July 2013, a year earlier than necessary.[1] The Republican Turkish Party emerged as the largest in the Assembly of the Republic, winning 21 of the 50 seats.

Background[edit]

The government of Prime Minister İrsen Küçük collapsed in May 2013 after eight MPs left his National Unity Party party and the government lost a vote of no confidence. On 23 June Sibel Siber became interim prime minister, forming a government consisting of the Republican Turkish Party, the Democratic Party and the Communal Democracy Party. The new government was approved by a vote of 26–11 in the Assembly.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The fifty members of the Assembly were elected by proportional representation in five multi-member constituencies with an electoral threshold of 5%. Voters could either vote for a party list or for individual candidates. If they chose the latter, they could cast as many votes as there were seats in a constituency.[3]

Campaign[edit]

Five parties with 250 candidates registered to contest the election, as well as seven independents.[4]

Though election campaigns in Northern Cypriot elections are usually related to the Cyprus dispute, this main focus of the 2013 elections concerns about the National Unity Party's Turkish-backed economic programmes and austerity.[5]

Results[edit]

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
Valid votes
Invalid/blank votes
Total votes cast 120,287 100
Registered voters/turnout 172,803 69.61
Sources: Adam Carr

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