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Turkish Cypriots on course for coalition government

Turkish Cypriots on course for coalition government
From Al Jazeera - January 8, 2018

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is poised for another coalition government, after none of the parties managed an outright majority in the snap parliamentary elections, according to unofficial results.

The conservative National Unity Party (UBP), led by Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun, came in first place - with 36 percent of the votes - ahead of thecentre-left, pro-unification Republican Turkish Party (CTP) at 21 percent, local media reported on Monday, based on an unofficial count.

The UBP, which has been in power for 27 years, since the establishment of the TRNC, will need to form a coalition government again in the 50-member parliament.

"The UBP has emerged as the biggest party by a wide margin," Ozgurgun said while declaring victory on Monday."We are preparing for new days with the power the people have given to the UBP."

The newly-formed right-wing People's Voice Party (HP) managed 17 percent of the votes in its first election, followed by previous ruling coalition partner, Democratic Party (DP).

Meanwhile, the left-wing Communal Democracy Party (CDP) ofPresident Mustafa Akinciis projected to win only three seats.

Official results for Sunday's vote are expected to be announced late on Monday.

More than 190,000 people were registered to vote. Ballots were cast at more than 700 polling stations across the country.

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