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04:16, 24 June 2018 Sunday
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Turkish Cypriot government quits
Turkish Cypriot government quits

Administration stands down after prime minister defeated in party poll

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The Turkish Cypriot government stood down Friday after the prime minister was defeated in a party leadership election.

Premier Ozkan Yorgancioglu submitted the coalition government’s resignation to President Mustafa Akinci after he was defeated in a vote on the leadership of the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces on June 14.

Yorgancioglu said he would quit as prime minister after losing the vote to former President Mehmet Ali Talat, who is not a member of parliament and so cannot hold government office. Yorgancioglu’s government was formed in September 2013.

Akinci must now seek another candidate to stand as prime minister and establish a government.

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