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Northern Cyprus

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The parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the Assembly of the Republic (Cumhuriyet Meclisi) has 50 members, elected for a five year term by mitigated proportional representation. A party must cross the election threshold (5% of the total vote) to get any seats in parliament. The TRNC parliament is composed of 50 MPs, chosen from five electoral districts, Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Guzelyurt and Iskele.

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

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

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Status of the TRNC

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a self-declared entity on the island of Cyprus that is recognised only by Turkey. It is located in northern Cyprus within the internationally recognised borders of the Republic of Cyprus. The United Nations recognises the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island, and has deemed TRNC legally invalid.

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2009 Parliamentary elections

The latest parliamentary elections in TRNC were held on April 18, 2009 as early elections.

e • d  Summary of the 19 April 2009 Northern Cyprus election results
Parties Votes Seats +/–
National Unity Party (Ulusal Birlik Partisi) 44.07% 26 +7
Republican Turkish Party (Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi) 29.15% 15 –9
Democratic Party (Demokrat Partisi) 10.65% 5 –1
Communal Democracy Party (Toplumcu Demokrasi Partisi) 6.87% 2 +1
Freedom and Reform Party (Özgürlük ve Reform Partisi) 6.20% 2 +2
United Cyprus Party (Birleşik Kıbrıs Partisi) 2.42%
Politics for the People Party (Halk İçin Siyaset Partisi) 0.50%
Independents 0.14% –3
Totals (turnout 81.42%) 100.00 50
Source: World Bulletin

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