The People’s Party (HP) and the National Unity Party (UBP) have reportedly agreed, behind the scenes, to form a new coalition government.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman resigned from the government following leader of the HP Kudret Ozersay withdrawing his party from the coalition. Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş also resigned.
Citing close sources to the UBP, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’ reports that Kudret Ozersay will be part of the new government retaining his current post of Foreign Minister. Aysegul Baybars will remain as Minister of Interior and Tolga Atakan will keep his post as Minister of Public Works and Transport. The prime ministry and the other seven ministries will be allocated to the UBP, sources said.
The leader of the UBP, Ersin Tatar said yesterday that he expected President Akinci to invite his party, which has the highest number of seats in the assembly, to form a new government and that if he was assigned with the duty, he would form a government as soon as possible. “We will work to relieve the private sector and solve the economic problems which exist in the country”, he said, underlining the need for stability.
Meanwhile, outgoing Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman said yesterday that Tatar should be assigned with the duty to establish a government the soonest. Noting that the new coalition government could be established from the parties which exist in the current assembly, Erhurman added: “First these options should be tried. If a coalition does not come up, however, we do not say no to early elections”.