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IN FOCUS POLITICAL I IMPASSE CONTINUES IN CYPRUS POST ELECTIONS BY OZAY MEHMET* n January 2018, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots held parliamentary and presidential elections respectively. Will these elections in the divided island of Cyprus facilitate solution of the age-old Cyprus Problem (CyProb)? Highly doubtful. While the Greek Cypriots in the South opted for continuity, re-electing their serving president Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot electors in the North voted for a radical new parliament. Although president Mustafa Akinci remains, the Old Guard of Denktash-Talat-Eroglu is all but gone, the future is now in the hands of youthful, dynamic academics and professionals. Some names in the North are familiar: Kudret Ozersay, the number two politician, is a former chief negotiator, a political science professor. Another well-known fi gure, Ozdil Nami, the most recent chief negotiator, resigned from this post to assume responsibility in charge of the economy and energy portfolio. The new prime minister in the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist • Vol 6 • Issue 4 • April 2018, Noida • 23