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Political parties still bargaining for coalition partners

8 April 2016

Meetings between political parties regarding the formation of a new government continue. Meanwhile, President Mustafa Akinci has not given yet the mandate to establish a new coalition government to any party leader.

National Unity Party (UBP) leader Huseyin Ozgurgun and leader of the National Unity Party (DP) Serdar Denktas have held meetings over the last couple of days and reportedly have come to an agreement, in the main.

It is noted that after agreeing to a great extent on the issue of the economic protocol to be signed with Turkey, the two leaders made a bargain on the distribution of the ministries, on which they agreed to a UBP proposal that the DP will take three ministries.

‘Havadis’ reports that Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) has also offered three ministries to the DP, five for his party and two for the Social Democracy Party (TDP), which is reportedly split on the issue of whether it should participate in a coalition government.

Meanwhile, according to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Democrat Bakis’, DP leader Serdar Denktas said yesterday that he had held meetings with both the UBP and CTP and the discussions were mostly based on the economic protocol to be signed with Turkey. He noted that should they reach an agreement on this protocol, they will evaluate the issue tonight at the DP’s assembly. He said that they will discuss later the name of the party with which they will establish a coalition.

Havadis, Demokrat Bakis

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