Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus)

Assembly of the Republic

Cumhuriyet Meclisi
9th Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Coat of arms or logo
Teberrüken Uluçay, CTP
since 9 February 2018
Zorlu Töre, UBP
since 9 February 2018
Ersin Tatar, UBP
since 22 May 2019
Leader of the Main Opposition of Northern Cyprus
Tufan Erhürman, CTP
since 22 May 2019
Current Structure of the Assembly of the Republic
Political groups
Government (30)

Opposition (20)

Party-list proportional representation
D'Hondt method
Last election
7 January 2018
Next election
Meeting place
Assembly of the Republic
Köşklüçiftlik, North Nicosia,
Northern Cyprus
Assembly of the Northern Cyprus
Coat of arms of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
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The Assembly of the Republic (Turkish: Cumhuriyet Meclisi) is the parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It has 50 members, elected for a five-year term by mitigated proportional representation. A party must cross the electoral threshold (5% of the total vote) to be awarded any seats. The parliament is composed of 50 MPs, chosen from six electoral districts, which are coterminous with the districts of Northern Cyprus: Lefkoşa, Gazimağusa, Girne, Güzelyurt, Lefke and İskele.

In Northern Cyprus parliamentary elections, voters vote for individual candidates. There are two ways of voting.

  • Voters can vote for a party, which in effect is voting for every MP candidate from that party in that district once. The voter can further prioritize the MPs in this kind of voting.
  • Alternatively, the voter may not choose a party, but vote for candidates from different parties. In this kind of mixed voting, the voter cannot choose more than the number of MPs the district is allotted.

Current composition[edit]

Parliamentary elections were last held on 7 January 2018. A coalition of four parties was formed between Republican Turkish Party (CTP), People's Party (HP), Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and Democratic Party (DP)

Party Votes % Seats +/–
National Unity Party 1,907,030 35.58 21 +7
Republican Turkish Party 1,121,478 20.92 12 –9
People's Party 915,666 17.08 9 New
Communal Democracy Party 463,081 8.64 3 +1
Democratic Party 420,102 7.84 3 –9
Rebirth Party 375,113 7.00 2 New
Alliance for Change and Liberation (TKP-YG+BKP) 143,645 2.68 0 0
Nationalist Democracy Party 7,083 0.13 0 New
Independents 6,951 0.13 0 0
Total 5,360,149 100 50 0
Valid votes
Invalid/blank votes
Total votes cast 126,196 100
Registered voters/turnout 190,551 66.23
Sources: BRTK Kıbrıs

Note: Each voter may cast multiple votes, one for each seat in the parliament. Hence, the vote totals of some parties exceed the number of registered voters.

However, following the resignation of Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş on 8 May due to a dispute regarding the allocation of state-owned land on to a university,[1] the People's Party withdrew from the coalition government, which caused the government to collapse.[2] On 9 May 2019, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman presented the Government resignation to President Akinci.[3]

On 23 May, the UBP-HP coalition officially became the governing coalition after 2 weeks of talks, with the post of Prime Minister being handed over to Ersin Tatar.[4][5]


The parliament building is located on Osmanpaşa Caddesi, opposite the Turkish embassy in North Nicosia. The building is a two-storey colonial structure.

Council of Europe assembly representation[edit]

In 2004, the Turkish Cypriot community was awarded "observer status" in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Since then, the two Turkish Cypriot representatives to PACE are elected by the Assembly of Northern Cyprus.[6]

  • 2005–2007: CTP Özdil Nami; UBP Huseyin Ozgurgun[7]
  • 27 January 2011: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Ahmet Eti[8]
  • 4 December 2013: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Tahsin Ertugruloglu[9]

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Coordinates: 35°10′56″N 33°21′30″E / 35.18222°N 33.35833°E / 35.18222; 33.35833