A new old page in northern Cyprus By @ykanli




A new but old page was opened in northern Cyprus during the weekend with National Unity Party (UBP) leader Hüseyin Özgürgün declaring that he has forged a coalition government with the Democratic Party-National Forces (DP-UG) with the support of four independent deputies. It was a new page because the badly failed “grand coalition” government of the Republican Turks’ Party (CTP) and the UBP has been replaced with a new government. It was an old page because since its inception, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has been mostly ruled by the UBP while the DP-UG has always been “the other party” of the UBP supporters. Besides, the UBP becoming the junior partner in a CTP-led grand coalition was something spectacular and special, while the UBP and DP forging a coalition together cannot be considered anything extraordinary.

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