President of Northern Cyprus

President of the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Presidential Standard
Mustafa Akıncı

since 30 April 2015
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Rauf Denktaş
Formation 15 November 1983
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politics and government of
Northern Cyprus

The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the head of state of the TRNC. Rauf Denktaş was the first and founder president of TRNC, and retired in 2005. His position was taken over by Mehmet Ali Talat, followed by Derviş Eroğlu.[1] Mustafa Akıncı has replaced Derviş Eroğlu as president.

In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, 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. He or she also can preside over the Council of Ministers if he or she wishes to do so, approves the appointments of the judges and president of the Supreme Court and has 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]


Portrait Elected Term of Office Political origin
1 Rauf Denktaş
15 November 1983 24 April 2005 National Unity Party
2 Mehmet Ali Talat
2005 24 April 2005 23 April 2010 Republican Turkish Party
3 Derviş Eroğlu
2010 23 April 2010 30 April 2015 National Unity Party
4 Mustafa Akıncı
2015 30 April 2015 Incumbent Communal Democracy Party

Latest election

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Mustafa AkıncıIndependent29,03026.9467,03560.50
Derviş EroğluIndependent30,32828.1543,76439.50
Sibel SiberRepublican Turkish Party24,27122.53
Kudret ÖzersayIndependent22,89521.25
Arif Salih KırdağIndependent5300.49
Mustafa OnurerCyprus Socialist Party4280.40
Mustafa UlaşIndependent2590.24
Invalid/blank votes2,5622,679
Total110,303100110,799 100
Registered voters/turnout176,91662.35176,98064.12
Source: High Election Committee - first round, run-off

See also


  1. Northern Cyprus's new president: Enter Eroglu (The Economist) Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  2. 1 2 "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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