This week in his­tory

Cyprus Today - - OPINION -

THIS week in his­tory last year, protestors brought traf­fic to a stand­still on a main road con­nect­ing towns and vil­lages to Girne as they ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of reneg­ing on prom­ises to turn it into a dual car­riage­way. Lo­cal politi­cians joined hun­dreds of an­gry, plac­ard-wav­ing res­i­dents from Al­san­cak, Lapta, Karşıyaka, Karaoğlanoğlu, Malatya and İncesu in de­mand­ing the promised road-widen­ing to ease con­ges­tion.

Also this week in 2018, Ser­dar Denk­taş and his Demo­crat Party (DP) were play­ing their cards close to their chests as they were poised to be­come “king­mak­ers” in a fu­ture coali­tion gov­ern­ment. The gen­eral elec­tion ended with the rul­ing Na­tional Unity Party (UBP) tak­ing 21 seats in the 50seat Par­lia­ment — short of the 26 needed to re­turn to power alone. For­mer UBP leader Hüseyin Özgürgün, whose UBPDP coali­tion re­mained in charge un­til a new gov­ern­ment was formed, was ex­pected to be given the man­date by Pres­i­dent Mustafa Akıncı to set up an ad­min­is­tra­tion af­ter the new batch of MPs took their oaths.

This week in 2009, mo­torists in the TRNC were be­ing warned to steer clear of cars with Greek Cypriot num­ber plates be­cause of con­cerns that in­sur­ance and com­pen­sa­tion claims would not be set­tled if there were an ac­ci­dent. The ad­vice came from Colin Mulc­ahy, for­mer act­ing vice-chair­man and gov­ern­ment li­ai­son of­fi­cer with the Bri­tish Res­i­dents So­ci­ety (BRS) who also worked at the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion.

This week in 1999, hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in Le­fkoşa to bid a fond and sad farewell to the as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager of A-N Graph­ics (Kıbrıs) — pub­lish­ers of Cyprus To­day and par­ent com­pany of Kıbrıs news­pa­per and Kıbrıs FM ra­dio — who was killed in a car crash. Ataç Tanay, who was 51 and had worked for the firm since 1990, died in­stantly when his Re­nault car smashed into the back of a bro­ken-down loaded lorry on the Le­fkoşa-Gaz­i­mağusa road.

On this very day, Jan­uary 12, 1991, the United States Congress voted to au­tho­rise the use of mil­i­tary force against Iraq to end its oc­cu­pa­tion of neigh­bour­ing Kuwait. It was the first time Congress ap­proved mil­i­tary ac­tion since the Gulf of Tonkin res­o­lu­tion in 1964 at the start of the Viet­nam War — and it was by no means a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

On Jan­uary 16, 2001, the for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Lau­rent Ka­bila, was re­ported to be fight­ing for his life af­ter be­ing shot and se­ri­ously wounded by one of his own body­guards. There was no gov­ern­ment con­fir­ma­tion of Lau­rent Ka­bila’s death un­til al­most two days later. The pres­i­dent’s son, Joseph Ka­bila, took over al­most im­me­di­ately.

Anti-war demon­stra­tions took place across the US

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