Nationalist candidate Ersin Tatar wins Turkish Cypriot leadership vote

By Michael Daventry

Nationalist candidate Ersin Tatar has secured a narrow victory in North Cyprus’s ‘presidential election’.

The Turkish Cypriot “prime minister” secured 51.7% of the vote in a second round run-off against the incumbent ‘president’ Mustafa Akıncı.

Akıncı won 48.3%, local election authorities said on Sunday night.

“We are the voice of Turkish Cypriots,” Tatar told jubilant supporters of his National Union Party (UBP) on Sunday night.

“We deserve independence. We are fighters. We are fighting to exist within the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’.

“Therefore our neighbours in the south [of Cyprus] and the world community should respect our fight for freedom.”