Council of Ministers (Northern Cyprus)

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The Council of Ministers (Turkish: Bakanlar Kurulu) is the executive branch of the government of the unrecognized state Northern Cyprus, consisting of ministers. The council is chaired by the Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus and the ministers head executive departments of the government. The President of Northern Cyprus reserved the right to chair the Council of Ministers, albeit without voting. The maximum number of ministries, as defined by the constitution, is ten.[1]

The Council of Ministers is appointed by the Prime Minister, and the program of the government needs to be read out in the Assembly of the Republic within a week of the appointment. The cabinet then needs to receive a vote of confidence by the majority of the members of the Assembly. A vote of no confidence can be initiated after three months has elapsed, by nine members of the Assembly.[1]


The current council, Erhürman cabinet, which replaced the Özgürgün cabinet is appointed on 2 February 2018 by the president, Mustafa Akıncı. The cabinet consists of 10 ministers formed by a coalition of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), People's Party (HP), Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and Democratic Party (DP), which is a first in the history of TRNC cabinets. CTP got 4, HP got 3, TDP got 2 and DP got 2 ministers in the cabinet.[2]

Title Name Period Party
Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman 2 February 2018– CTP
Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Erkut Şahali 2 February 2018– CTP
Minister of Health Filiz Besim 2 February 2018– CTP
Minister of Economy and Energy Özdil Nami 2 February 2018– CTP
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay 2 February 2018– HP
Minister of Interior Ayşegül Baybars 2 February 2018– HP
Minister of Public Works and Transport Tolga Atakan 2 February 2018– HP
Minister of Finance Serdar Denktaş 2 February 2018– DP
Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu 2 February 2018– DP
Minister of National Education and Culture Cemal Özyiğit 2 February 2018– TDP
Minister of Labour and Social Security Zeki Çeler 2 February 2018– TDP

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  1. ^ a b "Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti Anayasası" (in Turkish). Northern Cyprus Law Courts. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Yeni Bakanlar Kurulu Onaylandı" (in Turkish). Havadis. Retrieved 2 February 2018.