Advantages and disadvantages of April presidential elections candidates

Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (12.03.15) publishes an article by Aysu Basri regarding the forthcoming “presidential elections” to be held in the breakaway regime.

Basri writes in her column that it is very difficult to predict the outcome of the “elections”, however it is possible that independent candidate Mustafa Akinci will be the winner.

She also writes that the “election’s results” will determine the fate of the two big parties in the breakaway regime: Of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and of the National Unity Party (UBP) which faced “elections'” defeats recently and which want very much to win the “elections”. She also writes that the percentage that independent candidate Kudret Ozersay will receive will be of a great importance as regards the outcome of the elections and his own ambitions since this will determine his political future as well.

Writing about the advantages and disadvantages of Akinci, Basri writes that his main advantage is that he receives votes from both the left and the right and also that he is perceived as a master politician on the Cyprus problem. His disadvantage is the small budget of his campaign and that there is no any large organization to support his effort.

For the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Basri writes that his main advantage is the large group of voters who feel loyal to him. However, Basri thinks that many internal problems faced by UBP as well as the disorganization in the cooperation between UBP and the Democratic Party (DP) which also supports the Turkish Cypriot leader, may cost Eroglu a lot of voters.

According to the columnist, CTP’s candidate Sibel Siber’s main advantage is that she was very successful when she acted as “interim prime minister” and that she is very much liked by the “public”. Her disadvantage is that her candidacy will be negatively affected by the fact that CTP which is in “power” is accused of not taking action on “internal issues” and of the developments on the Cyprus problem.



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