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New government in breakaway Turkish Cypriot state wins vote of confidence

New government in breakaway Turkish Cypriot state wins vote of confidence

The new Turkish Cypriot government in the island's northern breakaway state won vote of confidence in parliament on Thursday, Turkey's state-owned Anatolia news agency reported.
The coalition government led by Premier Ferdi Sabit Soyer won the vote 28-2 in the 50-member parliament of the self-declared Turkish Cypriot republic, the news agency said. The republic is not recognized internationally.
Cyprus has been divided into a Turkish-dominated north and Greek-led south since 1974, when Turkey sent troops to the island following a short-lived coup staged by supporters of the union with Greece.
The island's south joined the European Union in 2004, while the north has not enjoyed the benefits of EU membership.
One lawmaker abstained while 19 opposition legislators boycotted Thursday's vote, Anatolia said.
Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat had approved the coalition government two weeks ago.
Soyer, head of the Turkish Republican Party, formed an alliance with the Freedom and Reform party of Turgay Avci after resigning earlier last month. Avci is serving as deputy premier and foreign minister in the 10-member Cabinet.
Soyer led the previous government in the north but dissolved the ruling coalition last month. He accused coalition partner Serdar Denktash and his Democrat Party of pursuing ineffective policies.


Updated : 2021-05-10 13:14 GMT+08:00