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Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus)

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Type  Unicameral
Seats  50
Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus)
Speaker of Parliament  Sibel Siber, CTP Since 4 September 2013
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus  Hüseyin Özgürgün, UBP Since 16 April 2016
Leader of the Main Opposition of Northern Cyprus  Tufan Erhürman, CTP Since 16 April 2016
Political groups  Government (27)      National Unity Party (18)      Democratic Party (5)      Independents (4) Opposition (23)      Republican Turkish Party (20)      Communal Democracy Party (2)      Independent (1)

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 election threshold (5% of the total vote) to be awarded any seats. The parliament is composed of 50 MPs, chosen from five electoral districts, which are coterminous with the districts of Northern Cyprus: Lefkoşa, Gazimağusa, Girne, Güzelyurt 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.
  • 2013 elections

    Parliamentary elections were last held on 28 July 2013. They were won by the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), thus deposing the National Unity Party (UBP) from power.


    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

    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.

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

    Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus) Wikipedia

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