3 November 2004
The resignation of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Democrat Party (DP) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was a mortal blow to the government. The Leader of the National Union Party (UBP), Dervis Eroglu, was responsible for forming the new government. After the negative developments, he abdicated his position, and bestowed his former duties upon President Rauf Denktas.
When Eroglu visited Denktas yesterday, he reminded him that he was charged with forming the government. Eroglu admitted his consternation over the disappointing result of his meetings with leaders from the CTP and DP, but thanked Denktas for his confidence.
Denktas sympathized with Eroglu's sorrow and vowed to make a new change. Noting that he had meeting today with Mehmet Ali Talat, Denktas said, "After this meeting I could assign him the duty of forming the new government".
Denktas remarked that according to the TRNC Constitution, alternative governments may be tried for two months. He added, "Since a stable government can not be formed without this parliament, I cannot understand why the parliament does not finish the job by coming together. I will charge several people with this duty. Otherwise we will have another election".
Eroglu recommended that if Talat decides to help form the new government, he should remain separate from the duty of administering new elections.