Ersin Tatar

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Ersin Tatar
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Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Assumed office
22 May 2019
PresidentMustafa Akıncı
Preceded byTufan Erhürman
Leader of the National Unity Party
Assumed office
30 October 2018
Preceded byHüseyin Özgürgün
Leader of the Opposition
In office
30 October 2018 – 22 May 2019
Prime MinisterTufan Erhürman
Member of the Assembly of Republic
Assumed office
19 April 2009
ConstituencyLefkoşa (2009, 2013, 2018)
Personal details
Born1960 (age 59–60)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Political partyUBP
Alma materCambridge University

Ersin Tatar (born 1960) is a Turkish Cypriot politician currently serving as the Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus. He took up the position following the collapse of the coalition government of Tufan Erhürman in May 2019.[1] He is also the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) and served as Leader of the Opposition.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ersin Tatar was born in 1960 in Nicosia. He completed his high school education in England, and attended Cambridge University where he graduated in 1982.[3]


From 1982 until 1986 Tatar worked as an accountant at PriceWaterhouse in England. Between 1986 and 1991 he worked at PollyPeck company. In 1991 he moved to Ankara where he worked at FMC Nurol Defense Industry Co. until 1992. From 1992 until 2001 he served as the Finance Director of ShowTV. He was also an active member in the Cypriot Diaspora community in Turkey, serving as chair of the Istanbul Turkish Cypriot Cultural Association between 1997 and 2001.[4][3]


Tatar entered politics in 2003, joining the UBP. He was first elected to parliament in 2009, and served as Finance Minister under Derviş Eroğlu until his party’s defeat in 2013. In 2015, he ran for the UBP leadership and lost. In 2018, he ran again and won.[4]

Tatar voiced support for the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria and said that Cypriot Turks are always on Turkey's side.[5]

Tatar also supports two-state solution.[6][7]


  1. ^ Evie Andreou (23 May 2019). "Clash in north over direction of Cyprus problem". Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Ersin Tatar is the new leader of TRNC main opposition, the National Unity Party – T-VINE". Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Ersin Tatar kimdir? Ersin Tatar'ın biyografisi".
  4. ^ a b "Ersin Tatar is the new leader of TRNC main opposition, the National Unity Party – T-VINE".
  5. ^ "KKTC'den Barış Pınarı Harekatı'na destek".
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  7. ^ [2]
Political offices
Preceded by
Tufan Erhürman
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus