President of Northern Cyprus

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President of the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti cumhurbaşkanı
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Mustafa Akıncı (cropped).jpg
Mustafa Akıncı

since 30 April 2015
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderRauf Denktaş
Formation15 November 1983
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The president of Northern Cyprus is the head of state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Rauf Denktaş was the first and founding president of Northern Cyprus, and retired in 2005. His position was taken over by Mehmet Ali Talat, followed by Derviş Eroğlu[1] and the current president, Mustafa Akıncı.

The president is elected every five years. Presidential elections are held in two rounds if no candidate gains more than 50% of the votes in the first round. It is necessary that the president is originated from the island of Cyprus. It is also necessary that he/she has lived in the country for five years, has received secondary education and he/she is over 30 years old.[2]

The presidency is not a ceremonial position in the semi-presidential political system of Northern Cyprus. The President reserves the right to dismiss the Assembly of the Republic in case a government cannot be formed within sixty days or three successive governments receive votes of no confidence. They also can preside over the Council of Ministers if they wish to do so, approve the appointments of the judges and president of the Supreme Court and have the right to send laws approved by the Assembly of the Republic to the Supreme Court. The president has also traditionally been the chief negotiator for the resolution of the Cyprus dispute and been responsible for the foreign relations of Northern Cyprus.[3]

The president is represented by the speaker of the Assembly of the Republic when the president is abroad.[2]


No. Name
Portrait Elected Term of office Political party
1 Rauf Denktaş
Rauf Denktash.jpg 1985
15 November 1983 24 April 2005 National Unity Party
2 Mehmet Ali Talat
(born 1952)
Mehmet Ali Talat.jpg 2005 24 April 2005 23 April 2010 Republican Turkish Party
3 Derviş Eroğlu
(born 1938)
Derviş Eroğlu (cropped).jpg 2010 23 April 2010 30 April 2015 National Unity Party
4 Mustafa Akıncı
(born 1947)
Mustafa Akıncı (cropped).jpg 2015 30 April 2015 Incumbent Communal Democracy Party

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Mustafa Akıncı Independent 29,030 26.94 67,035 60.50
Derviş Eroğlu Independent 30,328 28.15 43,764 39.50
Sibel Siber Republican Turkish Party 24,271 22.53
Kudret Özersay Independent 22,895 21.25
Arif Salih Kırdağ Independent 530 0.49
Mustafa Onurer Cyprus Socialist Party 428 0.40
Mustafa Ulaş Independent 259 0.24
Invalid/blank votes 2,562 2,679
Total 110,303 100 110,799 100
Registered voters/turnout 176,916 62.35 176,980 64.12
Source: High Election Committee - first round, run-off

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Northern Cyprus's new president: Enter Eroglu (The Economist) Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  2. ^ a b "KKTC hakkında, Cumhubaşkanı (About the TRNC, the President)". TRNC Department of Promotion. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  3. ^ "KKTC Devleti Fonksiyonel - Kurumsal Gözden Geçirme Çalışması" (PDF) (in Turkish). The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey. Retrieved 29 August 2015.

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