‘Sleeping with the devil’


In a very controversial move, former Turkish Cypriot Leader Mehmet Ali Talat’s Republican Turkish Party CTP partnered up with its arch rival – the nationalist, conservative National Unity Party UBP –this week to form the ‘government’ in the occupied north.

The names of the council of ministers of the CTP-UBP administration was submitted to ‘president’ Mustafa Akinci by the new ‘prime minister’ Ömer Kalyoncu on Wednesday and the coalition protocol was signed by two party leaders, Talat and Hüseyin Özgürgün.

Former ‘prime minister’ Özkan Yorgancioglu had submitted the resignation of the CTP-Democratic Party DP ‘government’- in office since September 2013-on July 3 after Talat replaced him as party leader during a CTP party congress on June 14.

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