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
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)

Elected Prime Minister

Özkan Yorgancıoğlu

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.


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]


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]


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