TRNC News Today 20th April 2015
Russians want a Military Bases in Cyprus
Greek Phileleftheros newspaper wrote that according to “Ta Nea” newspaper’s news the previous day when Anastasiades was in Athens, Tsipras and Kocas met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and they thanked Russia for the support to the Cyprus Problem at the UN Security Council. It is also noted that Lavrov said at the meeting that the British Sovereign Base in Cyprus should be closed and other bases should be opened.
The newspaper also noted that “Ta Nea” newspaper commented on the words of Lavrov about the ‘other bases’ as being Russian military bases.
Knot will be untangled next week
None of the candidates of the Presidential elections held in TRNC yesterday was able to get absolute majority of the eligible votes therefore the election will be repeated in the second round. At the second round of elections, which will be held on 26th of April, the top rated independent candidates Dr. Derviş Eroğlu and Mustfa Akıncı will compete and the knot will be untangled.
The lowest turnout in the history of the Turkısh Republic of Northern Cyprus Presidential elections was recorded at the election yesterday. According to information compiled from the website of YSK (High Electoral Council) out of 176,916 voters, only 110,298 voters participated in yesterday’s elections and the participation rate was 62.34%.
Vote distribution according to the candidates
- Mustafa Onurer (Cyprus Socialist Party): 423 %0.39
- Sibel Siber (Republican Turkish Party): 24.287 %22.54
- Kudret Özersay (Independent): 22.873 %21.23
- Derviş Eroğlu (Independent): 30.356 %28.18
- Mustafa Ulaş (Independent): 256 %0.24
- Mustafa Akıncı (Independent): 29.006 %26.92
- Arif Salih Kırdağ (Independent): 531 %.0.49
Turkish Cypriots went to ballot boxes twice during the Turkish Cypriot Federated State and seven times during the TRNC period including the elections yesterday, however the lowest participation rate was recorded yesterday.
This is the 3rd Election continuing to a second round
In TRNC presidential elections history yesterday’s election is the 3rd election that has continued to the second round after the years 1995 and 2000.
At the second round of presidential elections in 1995 Rauf R. Denktaş and Derviş Eroğlu competed and the winner of the second round was Denktaş.
At the elections of 2000 again Denktaş and Eroğlu remained to the second round but with the withdrawal of Eroğlu from being a candidate at the second round, Denktaş was declared President without the second round.
According to the presidential election results announced by the High Electoral Council, independent candidate President Dervis Eroglu, became first at the elections in Famagusta and İskele and independent candidate Mustafa Akıncı became first in the elections in Nicosia, Kyrenia and Morphou.
Gülle: “It is quite out of the question that Creutzfeldt-Jacob (Mad Cow) is an epidemic disease or can spread from person to person”
TRNC Minister of Health Dr. Ahmet Gülle stated that there is no need to panic about the disease of Creutzfeldt-Jacob (Mad Cow), and also he emphasized that it is quite out of the question that Creutzfeldt-Jacob (Mad Cow) is an epidemic disease or can spread from person to person.
Minister Gülle pointed out that it is not clear whether the cause of death of the person who died at Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital was Creutzfeldt-Jacob (Mad Cow) or not. On the other hand he stated that it is necessary to get the result of the biopsy for a firm diagnosis.
“Banana Republic” evaluation by Greek Cypriots for “Republic of Cyprus”
Confidence of the Greek Cypriots in the ‘Republic of Cyprus’ has been lost following the bribe scandal in recent days.
Greek Cypriot daily Simerini noted that according to the result of a survey done by “IMR” company together with Nicosia University on 17 April 2015, 46% of participants of the survey expressed that the ‘Republic of Cyprus’ has been turned into a “Banana Republic” due to bribe scandals in South Cyprus. 35% of participants expressed little confidence for justice, 14% of participants expressed enough confidence while 1% expressed high confidence for justice. In the survey, it was seen that one out of two Greek Cypriots do not have confidence in justice.
Spending on armament is protested
It is announced that an initiative named “Non-militarized Nicosia” protested the armament spending of the Greek Cypriot administration in front of the Greek Cypriot Parliament the previous day.
According to the Greek Cypriot newspaper Politis the initiative stressed that “While the social security payment is suspended, spending on an armament program is not decelerated” and responding to the statement that “deduction of military spending brings disaster” the initiative said that “the major disaster is too much military spending from all eternity and the immoralist armament agreements.”
Source: TRNC Public Information Office –
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