Ersin Tatar has become the new leader of the main opposition National Unity Party.
The decision was announced today by Deputy Speaker of Parliament-Lefkoşa MP Zorlu Töre who is serving as the UBP’s assembly council chairman at a press conference at the National Unity Party headquarters.
The council convened today following the announcement made yesterday by Hüseyin Özgürgün that he was conceding the race for the party’s leadership and that he would not be taking part in the second round of voting which was set to take place this Saturday.
Töre announced that a second round following Özgürgün’s decision to withdraw from the race was no longer necessary and that the council had approved Tatar’s victory.
Özgürgün’s announcement came yesterday at a joint press conference with his rival UBP deputy Ersin Tatar who won the highest number of votes at the party congress on Sunday.
Stating that the National Unity Party had held a general congress worthy of the country’s democracy and the party, Özgürgün said that he was conceding the race for the party’s leadership in respect of the will put forward by party members.
He said that dragging the party to a second round of voting at this stage would not earn the UBP anything.
“Our party requires stability and harmony, not chaos or polarization, on its path to coming to power alone, particularly during these times of economic crisis and chaos” he said.
The UBP leader also said that the democratic success put forward by the UBP will set an example to all other parties.
Wishing success to Ersin Tatar in his new post, Özgürgün said that he will be supporting him on the path to bringing the UBP to power.
UBP Deputy Ersin Tatar for his part thanked Özgürgün, stating that he respected his decision.
“I respect the decision. Once the party’s leader is officially announced, the party assembly will be elected and the authorised bodies will be formed. I have been working with Mr. Özgürgün for many years and I am extremely happy to be with him here today at this press conference. We shall carry our party forward in unity and solidarity. I thank him very much. The congress has thus been completed. I hope that we shall carry the UBP to better days through unity and solidarity” he added.
Meanwhile, votes for the party assembly are expected to be counted on Saturday morning following the approval of Ersin Tatar’s election as the new party leader.