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Prime Minister stripped of powers

15 November 2012

In a surprise ruling yesterday, Prime Minister Kucuk, who is also head of the ruling UBP had his party powers stripped by the Nicosia Court.

Ahmet Kasif, who was a contender in the UBP elections for head of the party, lost the vote by 690 votes to 704. Kucuk claimed victory, despite not having an absolute majority. Kasif then took the case to court saying that the party had acted against its own constitution.

After many depositions and delays by both sides, the High Court Judge reached a surprising decision in favour of Mr Kasif. This decision while strictly only applying to the leadership of the UBP party will also undermine the powers of Mr Kucuk as Prime Minister. It may even mean that the UBP will need to have another general assembly and a re-vote.

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