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During 2017, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün of the UBP headed a governing coalition with the center-right Democratic Party (DP).
In 2016 the UBP had broken with its previous coalition partner – the center-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP), which seeks reconciliation with the Greek Cypriots and European Union membership – to pursue policies that were seen as more closely aligned with Ankara.
Opposition parties maintained a strong presence in the legislature as of 2017. Are the people's political choices free from domination by the military, foreign powers, religious hierarchies, economic oligarchies, or any other powerful group that is not democratically accountable?
3 / 4 ( 1) Although Turkey continues to exercise considerable influence over the TRNC, it has little direct control over voters, many of whom have recently supported candidates and parties that display independence from Ankara.
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Although there is a law providing for access to information, there has been very little progress in making government records available to the public in practice.
Information is not always kept in an accessible form, and officials reportedly withhold data on sensitive topics such as naturalization of Turkish settlers as TRNC citizens.
For example, the newspaper has reported critically on Turkey's treatment of its Kurdish minority despite police questioning of its staff, and in December 2017 it carried a Greek cartoon of the Turkish president, drawing protests and threats of legal action from Ankara.Ongoing concerns include undue political and economic influence from Turkey, corruption, discrimination against minority communities, and human trafficking.Key Developments in 2017: The president, who serves as head of state and represents the TRNC internationally, is popularly elected to five-year terms.Freedom of the press is guaranteed by law, and TRNC authorities generally respect it in practice.Journalists sometimes face obstruction or threats from the subjects of their reporting, and the owners of certain outlets are believed to influence coverage.