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Proponent of a reunified Cyprus Mustafa Akinci well placed to retain his presidency of the TRNC



           


Mustafa Akinci should retain his position as TRNC Chairman (photo: TRNC Presidency)
Mustafa Akinci should retain his position as TRNC Chairman (photo: TRNC Presidency)
NORTHERN CYPRUS. Current president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the social democrat Mustafa Akinci (72) came second with 29.84% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election organised by this self-proclaimed state recognised only by Turkey. He was preceded by his Prime Minister Ersin Tatar (32.35% of the vote), a supporter of the pursuit of allegiance with Turkey, and supported by Ankara.

The turnout was only 58.21% of the voters.

Nevertheless, Mustafa Akinci remains a favourite to retain his position thanks to the postponement of votes scheduled for the second round on 18 October 2020. The third candidate Tufan Erhurman (21.68%) is, like him, in favour of a reunification of Cyprus. Initiated by the UN which presented a plan in 2004, this idea is increasingly gaining ground since 2016 through several talks between the President of the Republic and Nicos Anastasiades, his counterpart in the Republic of Cyprus.

Much to the chagrin of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers the presence of his 30,000 soldiers on the island to be strategic. All the more so since the current conflict with the European Union over hydrocarbon prospecting in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mustafa Akinci envisages the creation of a federal state and thus the separation with Turkey which, today, economically carries this third of occupied Cyprus.

The RCTN (300,000 inhabitants) was born out of the split of the Mediterranean island in November 1983 after the intervention and occupation of the north of the country in July 1974 by the Turkish army (Operation Attila) following the attempted coup d'état in Athens which wanted to link it to Greece.

 


Frédéric Dubessy


Monday, October 12th 2020



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