Turkish Cypriots went to the polls on December 25, 2022, to "elect" the leaders of the "municipalities" that have been de facto operating in the occupied northern part of Cyprus since 1974. The local elections were held against important developments that have left their mark in the political foreground of the Turkish Cypriot community in recent times. Changes in "local self-government" are, in fact, among the most recent interventions by Ankara. Ankara's anti-democratic attitude, which has been the subject of many studies and news articles, has provoked the reaction of the Turkish opposition, especially those advocating for a federal solution to the Cyprus Problem.

Dr. Nikolaos Stelgias

Senior Analyst