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World PM Tatar wins North Cyprus presidential vote, says people want own state

00:45  19 october  2020
00:45  19 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Ersin Tatar , the prime minister of Turkish-held northern Cyprus has been declared the winner of the breakaway state 's presidential Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (left) and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar . Surprise upset. Akinci won the presidency in 2015 in a runoff with more than 60% of votes .

Tatar won 32.5 percent of the vote , ahead of the incumbent, Akinci, who netted almost 30 percent in a field of 11 candidates[Harun Ucar/Reuters]. Turkish- Cypriot election staff members start counting votes for the election of a new leader for the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus .

By Ali Kucukgocmen

a group of people holding a sign: Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia © Reuters/STRINGER Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the breakaway state of North Cyprus, won a presidential election runoff on Sunday with almost 52% of votes, in a result which could further strain ties with the Cypriot government.

Tatar is a supporter of separate administrations on the Mediterranean island which split after a 1974 Turkish invasion in response to a brief Greek-inspired coup.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia © Reuters/STRINGER Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia

Incumbent president Mustafa Akinci, 72, whose relations with Ankara had been strained, had been a supporter of reunification.

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  Divided Cyprus eyes impact of Turkey's man winning northern vote Breakaway northern Cyprus has elected the Ankara-backed right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar as its leader in a surprise win at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. - Northern Cyprus is a centrepiece of Turkey's strategy in the eastern Mediterranean, including a bitter dispute with Greece and Cyprus over oil and gas reserves. The EU has deplored Turkey's drilling for hydrocarbons in disputed waters and warned Ankara against further "provocations".In a call with Tatar after his victory, Erdogan said their cooperation would continue -- "starting with activities related to hydrocarbons".

Turkish Cypriot leader and candidate Mustafa Akinci casts his ballot at a polling station during the Turkish Cypriots election for a new leader in the Turkish occupied area in the north part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus , Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader tasked with

Presidential elections were held in Northern Cyprus in April 2015. In the first round, held on 19 April 2015, the incumbent president independent candidate Derviş Eroğlu and independent candidate

As well as having an impact on inter-island talks, the election result may also affect negotiations over the contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean, which has Turkey at odds with Greece and Cyprus.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia © Reuters/STRINGER Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia

Turkey, which is the only country to recognise North Cyprus as an independent state, said recently that separate administrations were the only solution after United Nations-mediated peace negotiations between Cyprus and North Cyprus broke down in 2017.

In his victory speech, Tatar thanked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, with whom he has strong relations.

"They will never tear the ties between us and Turkey," he said.

Cyprus urges new leader in island's north to back UN peace push

  Cyprus urges new leader in island's north to back UN peace push Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday congratulated right-wing Turkish Cypriot nationalist Ersin Tatar on his election victory and called on him to back a new United Nations-led peace initiative. Turkish Cypriots in the breakaway north of the divided island on Sunday narrowly elected Tatar, who was backed by Ankara, at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. "The verdict of our compatriots to elect Mr Ersin Tatar as the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community is fully respected," said Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades."I congratulate Mr Tatar and look forward to a familiarity meeting as soon as possible," he added in a statement.

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Ersin Tatar . In the run-up to the election, the government's practice of accepting numerous people into citizenship and delivering land titles was criticised as corrupt. With regards to the Cyprus dispute, he stated that whilst a solution would have been the ultimate aim, talks on a federation had

"In light of the approval we received, it is the preference of our people in all disputes to lay claim to our own state, to lay claim to our land and lay claim to the guarantorship of Turkey," Tatar added.

Supporters of Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrate after an election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia © Reuters/STRINGER Supporters of Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrate after an election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia

"Yes, we are open to an agreement with Cyprus but the Turkish Cypriot people will accept the terms of this agreement with a free will."

Footage showed voters wearing masks and gloves as part of measures against the novel coronavirus as they cast their ballots. With a population of some 326,000, northern Cyprus has reported 852 infections and five deaths as of Sunday, according to official media.

Erdogan congratulated Tatar in a tweet and said Turkey would make every effort to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

  Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was voting on Sunday for a new leader amid heightened tensions on the divided island and in the wider eastern Mediterranean. The election comes amid tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over the planned exploitation of hydrocarbons between Turkey on the one hand, and Greece as well as its close ally Cyprus on the other. Erdogan announced on Tuesday, together with Tatar, the partial reopening of Varosha, a beachside resort that drew Hollywood stars and other celebrities in the 1970s before it was abandoned by its Greek-Cypriot inhabitants during the Turkish invasion.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet: "We will protect the legitimate rights and interests of (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) in the eastern Mediterranean all together."

Earlier this month, Tatar, speaking alongside Erdogan, said northern Cyprus was reopening part of the beachfront of a resort abandoned for 46 years, in a move seen as potentially damaging to efforts to revive dispute settlement talks. The president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, said the reopening was illegal.

a person wearing a costume: Supporters of Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrate after an election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia © Reuters/STRINGER Supporters of Turkish Cypriot politician Ersin Tatar celebrate after an election victory in Turkish-controlled northern Nicosia

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Alexandra Hudson)

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