The results of opinion polls regarding the forthcoming presidential elections in North Cyprus have created panic in the Republican Turkish Party/United Forces (CTP-BG), Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Volcan’ reports.
According to statements made by some CTP officials to the newspaper, these opinion polls show Dervis Eroglu ahead by a big margin, followed by Mustafa Akinci. The CTP’s candidate, Speaker of the Assembly, Sibel Siber is in third place.
The paper argues that a there is a split within the CTP and some circles in the party are in favour of Mehmet Ali Talat becoming their candidate despite his statement in support of Siber.
CTP officials are quoted by Volkan as saying that “we can lose the elections, but we cannot stay behind Akinci”, because “in this case CTP will end and the Social Democracy Party (TDP) will start increasing its power”.
Some CTP officials and MPs will reportedly deliver a memorandum to the party’s central administrative committee aiming at the withdrawal of Siber’s candidature and nominating Talat for candidate.