Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
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Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
Published 5 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Conservative MPs in the north of England have called on the prime minister not to abandon her predecessor's levelling-up agenda. Members of the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) said Liz Truss needed to take "urgent action". The policy was promised in the party's 2019 election manifesto. Carlisle Tory MP John Stevenson, who was elected as chairman of the NRG earlier this month, urged Ms Truss to "double down on levelling up". He said: "That requires both short-term action in the form of tax cuts and investment in public services and, in the long term, finding ways to boost the productivity of towns and cities that have struggled for decades to retain talent and attract private investment." The NRG was founded by a number of Conservatives who took so-called red wall seats from Labour at the 2019 … [Read more...] about Northern Tory MPs urge Liz Truss not to abandon levelling up
Port Taranaki says it will continue its role in animal exports right up until the Government’s ban on the trade comes into force next year. From April 30 next year, exports of livestock by sea will be banned, following the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which passed in Parliament on Wednesday. Port Taranaki chief executive Simon Craddock said it had been aware of the ban for the past 18 months and respected the Government’s decision. “Port Taranaki is not an exporter. We provide a facility for exporters, and at the time of the initial announcement we made the decision to continue to support livestock export customers, as and when required, through to the ban. READ MORE: Grains, legumes and vegetables a growing opportunity for Taranaki landowners and industry Taranaki Regional Council throws weight behind proposed shellfish ban along coast Live export ship Ocean Ute to dock at Port Taranaki this week “The export of livestock remains a lawful activity, and the vessels … [Read more...] about Live cow export will continue at Port Taranaki until government ban kicks in
Published 27 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise. Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town - two days earlier than originally planned. Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the "very high" Covid alert level. "This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents," he said. "And - obviously alongside that - [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town". He added that one of the main concerns was the "way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60". Check the restrictions where you live Warrington, … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions