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Parliament debates on early elections

7 March 2017

The TRNC parliament is continuing discussion about early elections after the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) presented a motion of no confidence last week followed by proposal by the opposition Social Democratic Party for early elections.

While the opposition insists elections be held on 2nd July this year, the Democrat Party (DP) proposed the 15th April 2018.

The proposals, once they are approved by the assembly, are passed on to the parliamentary committee for legal and political affairs which will decide whether or not early elections will be held or if so on which date the elections will take place.

Speaking at yesterday’s session, the TDP deputy Zeki Çeler said that his party was ready to head towards early elections.

The leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party Tufan Erhürman said that his party also supported the idea of holding early elections on 2nd July, 2017.

The Prime Minister should approve our proposal. If the committee decides on April next year rather than July this year it means that the government is going to continue what is its lack of seriousness,” he said.

Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün on the other hand refuted the opposition’s argument that the coalition was a minority coalition, stating that the government was made up of 27 members of the assembly and was supported by 4 independent deputies.

You are calling us a minority government. That’s why I challenged the opposition to early election,” he said.

Stating that the opposition’s criticism of the government was natural and that there was not too much time left for elections, Özgürgün said that his party has never run away from an election.

We are saying yes to both the TDP’s and the DP’s proposals. We will go to elections on whichever date the committee decides.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that the coalition government was working in harmony.

BRT

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