Why did the left-right grand coalition of tiny Turkish Cyprus collapse? There are lots of tales but the short answer is quite simple: Gross mismanagement. At a time when Cuba has changed, the Turkish Cypriot left has insisted on remaining loyal to a Stalinist anti-private sector doctrine. Besides, as some sort of a Turkish extension of the Greek Cypriot socialist Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL), being anti-Turkey is apparently embedded in the genes of the Republican Turks’ Party (CTP).
A coalition of a “leftist” party always critical of Turkey and the National Unity Party (UBP), a conservative party that always appreciated Turkey’s contributions and support of the Turkish Cypriot “struggle for existence and a decent life,” was a very difficult experiment. One party so loyal to the Greek Cypriot compatriots and another party which considered Turkish Cypriots not different than the Turks in Anatolia of course had a “DNA incompatibility,” as outgoing Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu commented last week on why the coalition ended.
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