Northern Cyprus presidential election, 2010

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A presidential election was held in Northern Cyprus on 18 April 2010.[1] If no candidate had gained more than 50% of the vote in the first round, a run-off round would have been held on 25 April 2010.[2]


The two main candidates were the current President Mehmet Ali Talat from the Republican Turkish Party and the incumbent Prime Minister Derviş Eroğlu from the National Unity Party (Ulusal Birlik Partisi, UBP). The parliamentary election the previous year had been narrowly won by the UBP.

Talat supported the negotiations for a new plan to reunify the island (and had also been in favour of the Annan Plan for Cyprus) whereas his opponent supports a "two-state solution".[3]

The other five candidates (all of them independent) were:[4]


Turnout was 70%. The count on election night proceeded as follows:

  • 20% of the vote counted: Eroğlu at 48.9%, Talat at 43.7%[5]
  • 32% of the vote counted: Eroğlu at 48.9%, Talat at 43.3%[6]
  • 40% of the vote counted: Eroğlu at 49.2%, Talat at 43.3%[7]
  • 48% of the vote counted: Eroğlu at 49.6%, Talat at 43.1%[8]
  • 60% of the vote counted: Eroğlu at 49.7%, Talat at 43.0%[9]
  • 96% of the vote counted: Eroğlu at 50.3%, Talat at 42.8%[10]


According to final results, Derviş Eroğlu got over 50% of the votes in the first round, meaning a runoff was not necessary.

e • d Summary of the 18 April 2010 Northern Cyprus presidential election
Candidate Party Votes %
Derviş Eroğlu National Unity Party (UBP) 61,491 50.38
Mehmet Ali Talat Independent 52,302 42.85
Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu Independent 4,648 3.81
Zeki Beşiktepeli Independent 1,986 1.61
Mustafa Kemal Tümkan Independent 964 0.79
Arif Salih Kırdağ Independent 521 0.43
Ayhan Kaymak Independent 168 0.14
Total (turnout 76.37%) 125,294 100
Source: (XLS-file)


Derviş Eroğlu of the right-wing National Unity Party (UBP) said that he wanted to continue negotiation on the reunification of Cyprus: "My dream for a solution to the Cyprus problem continues. We will be at the negotiating table for an agreement that will continue the existence of our people in this land with honour."[11]