President of Northern Cyprus

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President of the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanı
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Ersin Tatar in 2019.png
Ersin Tatar

since 23 October 2020
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Rauf Denktaş
Formation15 November 1983

The president of Northern Cyprus is the head of state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Rauf Denktaş was the first and founding president of Northern Cyprus, and retired in 2005. His position was taken over by Mehmet Ali Talat, followed by Derviş Eroğlu, [1] then Mustafa Akinci, and the current president, Ersin Tatar.


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. They also can preside over the Council of Ministers if they wish to do so, approve the appointments of the judges and president of the Supreme Court and have 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]

The most recent presidential election was held on 11 October 2020. Ersin Tatar is the current president. [4]


PortraitElectedTerm of officePolitical origin
1 Rauf Denktaş
Rauf Denktash.jpg 1985
15 November 198324 April 2005 National Unity Party
2 Mehmet Ali Talat
(born 1952)
Mehmet Ali Talat.jpg 2005 24 April 200523 April 2010 Republican Turkish Party
3 Derviş Eroğlu
(born 1938)
Dervis Eroglu (cropped).jpg 2010 23 April 201030 April 2015 National Unity Party
4 Mustafa Akıncı
(born 1947)
Mustafa Akinci 2017.jpg 2015 30 April 201523 October 2020 Independent
5 Ersin Tatar
(born 1960)
Ersin Tatar in 2019.png 2020 23 October 2020Incumbent National Unity Party


Ersin TatarMustafa AkıncıDerviş EroğluMehmet Ali TalatRauf DenktaşHakkı AtunRauf DenktaşPresident of Northern Cyprus

Latest election

CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Ersin Tatar National Unity Party 35,82532.3567,32251.69
Mustafa Akıncı Independent33,05329.8462,91048.31
Tufan Erhürman Republican Turkish Party 24,00821.68
Kudret Özersay Independent6,3565.74
Erhan Arıklı Rebirth Party 5,9375.36
Serdar Denktaş Independent4,6534.20
Fuat Türköz ÇinerNationalist Democracy Party3270.30
Arif Salih KırdağIndependent2820.25
Alpan UzIndependent1560.14
Ahmet BoranIndependent830.07
Mustafa UlaşIndependent690.06
Valid votes110,74995.66130,23297.24
Invalid/blank votes5,0274.343,6992.76
Total votes115,776100.00133,931100.00
Registered voters/turnout198,86758.22199,02967.29
Source: Kibris Online, Kibris Online

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