This week in history
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