The State Structure

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a secular republic based on the principles of democracy, social justice and the supremacy of law.

The Constitution establishes a system of separation of power and of checks and balances between the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judiciary branches.

The Legislative Power

Legislative power shall vest in the Assembly of the Republic on behalf of the people of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Assembly is composed of fifty deputies.

The Executive Power

The executive duties and power shall be carried out and exercised by the President of the Republic and the Council of Ministers in accordance with the Constitution and laws. The Council of Ministers shall be composed of a Prime Minister and Ministers. The President appoints the Prime Minister and the Ministers among the deputies. Ministers may also be appointed from among persons who are not deputies. Ministries are established by decree, in accordance with the principles laid down by the Constitution, upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister and approval of the President. The number of Ministries cannot exceed ten. The Prime Minister presides at the Council of Ministers. The President may preside at the Council of Ministers, if the President deems it necessary or upon the request of the Prime Minister but he/she may not vote.

The Judicial Power

Judicial powers are exercised on behalf of the people of the TRNC by independent courts.