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Northern Cyprus: Turkish Cypriots head to polls for snap parliamentary elections

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Voters headed to the polls in North Nicosia, Sunday, for the snap parliamentary elections in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriots voted to elect the new members of the 50-seat parliament, after the government’s resignation in October. The resigned government was led by Prime minister Ersan Saner, of the right-wing National Unity Party (UBP).

“Surely our hope and wish are to see the people’s will manifesting itself,” said Ercin Tatar, president of the TRNC.

The main issue of this election was the economy and as of 17:30 the turnout was reported to be only 55.43 percent, reflecting voters disillusionment with the leadership in Turkish Cyprus.

“We don’t have the right to elect people under the influence of some people, based on their suggestions. We must elect with our own free will the best people that are honest, that would serve their country in the best way possible, please. We need to leave behind those outdated ideas,” said Nazife Aktunc, a pharmacist.

The polls closed at 16:00 GMT (18:00 local time). The results will be officially announced after 24 hours.

SOT, Emine Dizdarli, Retired Ombudsperson (Turkish): “After this election, we seriously reach to stability. Otherwise all our problems will continue as they are and no positive contribution will be possible for this country. This will prove to be a useless election.”

SOT, Tacettin Erdim, Contractor, (Turkish): “My expectation from the elections is just like the rest of the society, I am full of excitement. I hope what is best and the most beneficial for the country come out as the result. Every election is a source of hope, so we are hopeful. God willing, the community shall have the healthiest outcome.”

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