President Dervis Eroglu formally handed over the presidency to newly elected President Mustafa Akinci in a ceremony at the presidential palace on Thursday evening.
The event took place in front of former president Mehmet Ali Talat, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber and Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and other dignitaries.
Eroglu congratulated Akinci and wished him success in in the next five years.
Akinci thanked the outgoing president and his predecessors for their efforts to solve the Cyprus issue and said that the status quo could not be maintained.
He said that solution-oriented politics would bring results, peace and stability to the whole region.