President of the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanı
Flag of the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
Presidential Standard
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Ersin Tatar

since 23 October 2020
ResidencePresidential palace
North Nicosia
Term length5 years
Inaugural holderRauf Denktaş
Formation15 November 1983
Salary45,000 annually (2021)[1]

The president of Northern Cyprus is the head of state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Rauf Denktaş was the first and founding president of Northern Cyprus, and retired in 2005. His position was taken over by Mehmet Ali Talat, followed by Derviş Eroğlu,[2] then Mustafa Akıncı, and the current president, Ersin Tatar.

The president is elected every five years. Presidential elections are held in two rounds if no candidate gains more than 50% of the votes in the first round. It is necessary that the president is originated from the island of Cyprus. The president must have lived in the country for five years, received secondary education and be over 30 years old.[3]

The presidency is not a ceremonial position in the semi-presidential political system of Northern Cyprus. The president reserves the right to dismiss the Assembly of the Republic in case a government cannot be formed within sixty days or three successive governments receive votes of no confidence. They also can preside over the Council of Ministers if they wish to do so, approve the appointments of the judges and president of the Supreme Court and have the right to send laws approved by the Assembly of the Republic to the Supreme Court. The president has also traditionally been the chief negotiator for the resolution of the Cyprus dispute and been responsible for the foreign relations of Northern Cyprus.[4]

The president is represented by the speaker of the Assembly of the Republic when the president is abroad.[3]

The most recent presidential election was held on 11 October 2020. Ersin Tatar is the current president.[5]


No. Name
Portrait Elected Term of office Political origin
1 Rauf Denktaş
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15 November 1983 24 April 2005 National Unity Party
2 Mehmet Ali Talat
(born 1952)
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2005 24 April 2005 23 April 2010 Republican Turkish Party
3 Derviş Eroğlu
(born 1938)
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2010 23 April 2010 30 April 2015 National Unity Party
4 Mustafa Akıncı
(born 1947)
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2015 30 April 2015 23 October 2020 Independent
5 Ersin Tatar
(born 1960)
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2020 23 October 2020 Incumbent National Unity Party


Ersin TatarMustafa AkıncıDerviş EroğluMehmet Ali TalatRauf Denktaş

Latest election

Main article: 2020 Northern Cypriot presidential election

CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Ersin TatarNational Unity Party35,82532.3567,32251.69
Mustafa AkıncıIndependent33,05329.8462,91048.31
Tufan ErhürmanRepublican Turkish Party24,00821.68
Kudret ÖzersayIndependent6,3565.74
Erhan ArıklıRebirth Party5,9375.36
Serdar DenktaşIndependent4,6534.20
Fuat Türköz ÇinerNationalist Democracy Party3270.30
Arif Salih KırdağIndependent2820.25
Alpan UzIndependent1560.14
Ahmet BoranIndependent830.07
Mustafa UlaşIndependent690.06
Valid votes110,74995.66130,23297.24
Invalid/blank votes5,0274.343,6992.76
Total votes115,776100.00133,931100.00
Registered voters/turnout198,86758.22199,02967.29
Source: Kibris Online, Kibris Online

See also


  1. ^ "Vekillerden maaş haberine isyan". 11 February 2020.
  2. ^ Northern Cyprus's new president: Enter Eroglu (The Economist) Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  3. ^ a b "KKTC hakkında, Cumhubaşkanı (About the TRNC, the President)". TRNC Department of Promotion. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  4. ^ "KKTC Devleti Fonksiyonel - Kurumsal Gözden Geçirme Çalışması" (PDF) (in Turkish). The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ Ersin Tatar elected new Turkish Cypriot leader