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UPDATE - Ruling coalition resigns in Turkish Cyprus

UPDATE - Ruling coalition resigns in Turkish Cyprus
Government resignation comes amid stepping down of finance minister, withdrawal of coalition partner on Wednesday

UPDATES WITH BACKGROUND

By Emre Aytekin

ANKARA (AA) - The coalition government in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) resigned on Thursday, according to local media.

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

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

Following the snap general election on Jan. 7, 2018, the four-party coalition government consisting of Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the People's Party (HP), Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and Democratic Party (DP) was formed under leadership of Erhurman, who is the leader of the CTP.

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

Support of 26 members of parliament is required in order to form the government in the TRNC.

*Writing by Sena Guler

source: News Feed
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