14 December 2003

A tie in the TRNC

After a hard-fought election in the so-called Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, preliminary results indicate a dead heat between the pro- and anti-unification parties, with each side gaining 25 seats in the 50-seat parliament. This does not bode well for unifying the island ahead of its entry into the EU next May. Nevertheless, given the difficulty of forming a government without a clear majority, there remains a window of opportunity for the future: "Turkey's Anatolian news agency quoted Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu as saying new elections might have to be called in three months if no stable government could be formed." That would be cutting it close, to say the least.

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