What now for Turkey in Cyprus and eastern Mediterranean?

I discussed the recent elections in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus and how it will maintain or change the status quo in the eastern Med.


After getting what he wished for in Cyprus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be careful about what comes next in the eastern Mediterranean.

In the second round of the presidential elections in Turkish Cyprus on Oct. 18, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar won a surprising upset against President Mustafa Akinci. Akinci had received a plurality of the votes in the first round on Oct. 11 and secured the endorsement of the second runner-up, which would have put him above 50% in the second round. In a sense, the Turkish Cypriot president’s re-election seemed assured—even though it would be close a margin. 

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