North Cyprus: Talat tipped to return to presidency

Former president a supporter of the bi-zonal federal State

25 August, 11:34

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, AUGUST 25 - The former president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC, recognized only by Turkey), Mehmet Ali Talat, looks likely to be named by his party again to run for presidency once more in the upcoming elections in April 2015, as World Bulletin online reported. The left-wing Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is due to announce their candidate for next year's polls on August 28, but already sources close to the party have said that they are "99,99%" decided that Talat, who served as the country's second president between 2005-2010, will be declared as the party's candidate.

    The claim made by Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi comes shortly after speculation that CTP was also considering Parliament Speaker Sibel Siber, who served briefly as interim Prime Minister after former Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk's government collapsed last year. Talat, known to be a keen supporter of the bid to establish a bi-zonal federal state on the island of Cyprus with the Greek Cypriots, promoted a 'Yes' vote among Turkish Cypriots during the 2004 Annan Plan referendum to reunite the island's two peoples, but the attempt failed when the vast majority of Greek Cypriots voted against it. After the failed referendum, Talat remained publicly committed to reunification, but the pro-solution side lost momentum due to a lack of progress and broken promises from the European Union about ending the isolation of the TRNC, which is not recognized by the international community. Talat was voted out of office after losing an election to former prime minister and rival right-wing UBP candidate Dervis Eroglu in 2010.

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