Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus)

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Assembly of the Republic

Cumhuriyet Meclisi
9th Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Coat of arms or logo
Founded15 November 1983 (38 years ago) (1983-11-15)
Preceded byTurkish Federated Assembly of Cyprus
Zorlu Töre (UBP)
since 7 March 2022[1]
Fazilet Özdenefe (CTP)
since 7 March 2022
Ünal Üstel (UBP)
since 12 May 2022
Leader of the Main Opposition of Northern Cyprus
Tufan Erhürman (CTP)
since 22 May 2019
Current Structure of the Assembly of the Republic
Political groups
Government (29)
  •   UBP (24)
  •   DP (3)
  •   YDP (2)

Opposition (21)

Length of term
5 years
Party-list proportional representation
D'Hondt method with 5% electoral threshold
Last election
23 January 2022
Next election
Egemenlik Kayıtsız Şartsız Ulusundur
Sovereignty unconditionally belongs to the People
Meeting place
Assembly of the Republic
Köşklüçiftlik, Lefkoşa
Northern Cyprus
Assembly of the Northern Cyprus

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

Current composition[edit]

Parliamentary elections were last held on 23 January 2022.

National Unity Party1,971,40039.54+3.9324+3
Republican Turkish Party1,597,13732.04+11.0918+6
Democratic Party369,2397.41–0.4130
People's Party333,0906.68–10.393–6
Rebirth Party318,7636.39–0.6020
Communal Democracy Party220,6104.42–4.230–3
Independence Path97,5751.96New0New
Communal Liberation Party New Forces76,9021.5400
Total votes117,421
Registered voters/turnout203,79257.62
Source: BRTK

Note: Each voter may cast multiple votes, one for each seat in the parliament. Hence, the vote totals may exceed the number of registered voters.


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[edit]

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.[2]

  • 2005–2007: CTP Özdil Nami; UBP Huseyin Ozgurgun[3]
  • 27 January 2011: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Ahmet Eti[4]
  • 4 December 2013: CTP Mehmet Caglar; UBP Tahsin Ertugruloglu[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cumhuriyet Meclisi'nin yeni başkanı Zorlu Töre oldu". Kıbrıs Gazetesi. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  2. ^ James Ker-Lindsay (UN SG's Former Special Representative for Cyprus) The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession: Preventing the Recognition of Contested States, p.149
  3. ^ Today's Zaman
  4. ^ Sabah
  5. ^ RoC

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°10′56″N 33°21′30″E / 35.18222°N 33.35833°E / 35.18222; 33.35833