Coalition gov’t collapses in northern Cyprus: report

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Resigned Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman (AFP PHOTOS)

The coalition government in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) resigned on Thursday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency, citing local media.

Premier and coalition leader Tufan Erhurman submitted the government’s resignation to President Mustafa Akıncı a day after Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş resigned and the People’s Party (HP) announced its withdrawal, Turkish Agency Cyprus (TAK) reported.

Akıncı, who accepted the resignation, asked Erhurman to continue as prime minister until a new government is formed.

Following the snap general election of Jan. 7, 2018, the four-party coalition government consisting of the Republican Turks Party (CTP), the HP, the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and the Democratic Party (DP) was formed under leadership of Erhurman, chairman of the CTP.

In mid-February of last year the coalition government won a vote of confidence 27-22 as one lawmaker was absent from the 50-seat parliament.

The support of 26 members of parliament is required to form a government in the KKTC.

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