2013 Northern Cypriot parliamentary election
Northern Cyprus
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50 seats in the Assembly of the Republic
26 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
CTP Özkan Yorgancıoğlu 38.36 21 +6
UBP İrsen Küçük 27.32 14 -12
DP Serdar Denktaş 23.15 12 +7
TDP Mehmet Çakıcı 7.40 3 +1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Sibel Siber
CTP
Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
CTP

Parliamentary elections were held in Northern Cyprus on 28 July 2013, a year earlier than necessary.[1] The Republican Turkish Party emerged as the largest in the Assembly of the Republic, winning 21 of the 50 seats.

Background

The government of Prime Minister İrsen Küçük collapsed in May 2013 after eight MPs left his National Unity Party and the government lost a vote of no confidence. On 23 June Sibel Siber became interim prime minister, forming a government consisting of the Republican Turkish Party, the Democratic Party and the Communal Democracy Party. The new government was approved by a vote of 26–11 in the Assembly.[2]

Electoral system

The fifty members of the Assembly were elected by proportional representation in five multi-member constituencies with an electoral threshold of 5%. Voters could either vote for a party list or for individual candidates. If they chose the latter, they could cast as many votes as there were seats in a constituency.[3]

Campaign

Five parties with 250 candidates registered to contest the election, as well as seven independents.[4]

Though election campaigns in Northern Cypriot elections are usually related to the Cyprus dispute, this main focus of the 2013 elections concerns about the National Unity Party's Turkish-backed economic programmes and austerity.[5]

Results

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Republican Turkish Party477,20938.3621+6
National Unity Party339,86427.3214–12
Democratic Party288,02123.1512+7
Communal Democracy Party92,1107.403+1
United Cyprus Party39,8273.2000
Independents7,1100.5700
Total1,244,141100.00500
Valid votes111,92093.31
Invalid/blank votes8,0206.69
Total votes119,940100.00
Registered voters/turnout172,80369.41
Source: YSK

References

  1. ^ Country Profile IFES
  2. ^ Turkish Cypriot caretaker government secures confidence vote Anadolu Agency, 23 June 2013
  3. ^ "IFES Election Guide | Elections: Northern Cyprus Parl 2013".
  4. ^ Turkish Cypriots vote in parliamentary elections Anadolu Agency, 28 July 2013
  5. ^ Austerity not territory defines N Cyprus poll Al Jazeera, 11 August 2013