Leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Hussein Ozgurgun has received a mandate from President Mustafa Akinci to form a government. Once accepted, the government must be formed within 15 days of receiving the mandate.
Ozgurgun said that he would discuss the options with all the parties and do whatever it takes to establish a strong government. He said:
“I have taken on the task of forming the government. But what I would like to say is that four parties have already started talks to form a coalition after the election.
“After yesterday’s talks, there was a consensus that it would be given to the UBP, the leading party in the polls. The work of setting up a four-party government continues on the one hand. I have said it was a civilian coup. Our whole purpose is to make a decision according to the result of the will of the people. However, discussions between four parties are in progress and it will be difficult for us to try to establish a government when this is done.
“We will try to fulfil this task correctly. However, it does not look very hopeful in these circumstances. We will try to talk with all parties. I’m calling on all parties. I will meet with the party council, but I think the first meeting must be with the CTP”, Ozgurgun said.
The four parties who are discussing a coalition which will exclude the election winners, the UBP, are holding their fourth meeting on the topic.
Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’ reports that all eyes have turned to leader of the DP Serdar Dentash, whose party was in coalition with the UBP before the last elections. His party is one of the four that is discussing a four-party coaltion which would not include the UBP. Denktash has said, however, that he has not excluded the possibility of his party being in coalition with the UBP.
Kibris Postasi, Havadis