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24-12-2019 15:59 | Read 183 times

Opposition leader announces candidacy

MAIN opposition and centre-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Tufan Erhürman has officially announced his candidacy for the April 2020 presidential elections, becoming the first contender to throw their hat into the ring.

Opposition leader announces candidacy

Dr Erhürman, who gained a PhD from Ankara University, is an academic, lawyer and former diplomat who played a role in peace talks with the Greek Cypriots between 2008 and 2010 when former CTP leader Mehmet Ali Talat was President.

The ex-PM, who also worked for Turkey’s Ministry of Justice between 1999 and 2004, assumed leadership of the CTP in November 2016.

CTP members gave their unanimous backing to Dr Erhürman as the party’s candidate in next year’s planned presidential poll during a vote at an “enlarged party assembly” at Hidden Garden in Lefkoşa on Tuesday.

Speaking at the event, Dr Erhürman, referring to the year the CTP was founded, said: “We have, since 1970, consistently said that we want peace and a solution immediately. The guarantee of permanent peace on the island and in the region is to reach a comprehensive, federal solution immediately.”

Dr Erhürman said that in the absence of a solution on the island it was important to focus on “confidence-building measures” to “bring us [Turkish Cypriots] together with the international community”, and also to take “unilateral steps”.

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