Following a statement by the People’s Party (HP) that it will not establish a government with the National Unity Party (UBP), yesterday, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Social Democracy Party (TDP) also said “no to the UBP”, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reports.
Moreover, the Democratic Party (DP) does not seem positive about joining a coalition government with the UBP, even though this position has not yet become official. Cafer Gurcafer, general secretary of the DP, stated yesterday that his party does not see positively the establishment of a coalition government with the UBP. He argued that during their time of cooperation with the UBP they faced a lot of problems and that as general secretary of the party he does not consider a new coalition with the UBP to be the way forward.
According to the paper, in spite of the fact that there is no official announcement, it is alleged that CTP, HP, TDP and DP are looking for ways to establish a four-party coalition government thus side-stepping the UBP. It is said that the four-party government will be called a “reform and accountability government”. Reportedly, the four parties have agreed in principle and only some “minor obstacles” remain.
Under the title “Towards a government without the UBP”, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ newspaper reports that only the settlers’ Revival Party (YDP) stated that it is ready to cooperate with the UBP and argues that the people want a government without the UBP and has exerted pressure for a HP-CTP-TDP-DP transitional government.
The demand from this government is, reportedly, to take a number of “serious decisions”, such as revising the law regarding granting citizenship, carrying out investigations into a number of irregularities and re-examining the country’s relations with Turkey and thus to persuade those who boycotted the elections to go to the ballot boxes and vote in the event of new elections.
According to the paper, the transitional government is also expected to carry out an investigation regarding former prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun’s bank accounts and launch legal proceedings in case there are illegally-acquired gains.