Hakki Muftuzande was appointed by Turkish leader Ersin Tatar as the Turkish Cypriot member of the CMP from January 1, 2021, in place of Gulden Plumer Kiuciuk, who had announced her resignation last November, as her contract expired at of 2020, would not be renewed.
According to reports from the occupied territories, Mr. Muftizade served in many high-level “diplomatic posts” for many years. Born in Famagusta on March 2, 1953, he graduated from Sedat Simavi Elementary School in Limassol, and went to Aldenham School, Elstree – Hertfordshire in England.
In 1981, he completed his studies in the Department of Politics & Administration at the University of Essex. Between 1981-1985 he worked as a procurement manager at Entrade London (Enka). Between 1986 and 1989 he was the third secretary in the “Foreign Ministry” and during this period, he was an assistant to Rustem Tatar (Ersin Tatar's father) who was then the Turkish Cypriot member of the CMP.
He also represented the pseudo-state in London between 1996-2001 and as “the president's special adviser on political affairs” between 2001-2004 (SS: Rauf Denktash). He returned to the “presidency” as a “special advisor to diplomacy” between 2005 and 2010 (SS: during the tenure of Mehmet Ali Talat).
Mr. Muftuzande was also the secretary of the Turkish Football Federation from 2002 to 2004, he was the president of the Rotary Club in occupied Kyrenia and the “committee of Turkish expatriates”.