15 December 2003

Stalemate due to electoral system

Once again a country's electoral system, this time in the TRNC, has distorted the representation of the citizens:

Turkish opposition parties in breakaway northern Cyprus who favor reunification of the divided Mediterannean island have won the popular vote in Sunday's general elections, but failed to get the majority of seats in the legislature.

Election returns in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus show the opposition has won about 48 percent of the vote. The two main parties supporting Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash won 46 percent. However, the formula for seating members of the legislature will apparently result in an even split, with each side holding 25 seats.

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