ANGLETER THRASH SHEEN'S BELARUM
Angleter's national football side has again shown its dominance by dispatching a poor Belarum side tonight.
The "Belarian United", as manager Brian Sheen refers to his team, were brushed aside by two goals each from Carew and Debele. Unfortunately Belarum pulled one back as a consolation near the end.
Angleter manager Ray Hodge remains in high spirits, saying "today we dominated, and this was the day when we really showed to the rest of Europe that we can win UEFA 09."
Angleter now have 9 points out of a possible 12, and are expected to qualify easily for the next round.
Luvenburg's Jacques Duplessis has won the pan-European election for Premier Commissioner, an event that Angleter has taken part in for the first time. Helen Smith of Angleter came joint third.
Duplessis, seen in Europe as a centrist, came a narrow second in the leadership election for Luvenburg's Liberal Party just weeks before his triumph today with 44% of the vote. Second was the Communist offering Col. Vladimir Putin, with 22% of the vote, and in third came Smith alongside Albyon's Fillon and Belarum's Stanton, a former PC himself.
Premier Commissioner Duplessis is expected to name his Commission, which will consist of all the nominees, in the coming days, and Helen Smith, as a veteran diplomat to Duplessis' Luvenburg, is widely assumed to be the next Commissioner for Foreign Affairs.
Gro?deutscher Frei Presse has announced its predictions for Commission positions, which corroborates our opinion that Helen Smith will take up the Foreign Affairs post. See Gro?deutscher Frei Presse's predictions here!
HODGE: WE WILL WIN!
Manager Ray Hodge has vowed that Angleter will win UEFA 09 after a 4-2 defeat of the Duxburian national team that left our Bulldogs top of the preliminary table.
Hodge said, when asked if Angleter could win the tournament, "Yes, of course. We've shown now that we can beat anybody in this tournament, and judging on the way that we have played in all our matches- even the defeat- I won't say that we can win, I say that we will win!"
Angleter now lie two points clear at the top after 5 matches with 12 points.
HELEN SMITH: COMMISSIONER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The CLP's Helen Smith has been appointed by Premier Commissioner Duplessis as the Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. She has taken up her post charged with the task of raising EU membership from 60 to 100 nations in Duplessis' term.
Smith has now opened the floor for nations to commit themselves to helping recruit new members to the region.
ANATOLY KEITH DEFECTS FROM CLP TO DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Anatoly Keith of the European Council has left his party, the Conservative & Libertarian Party, to join Navdeep Khatkar's new creation, The Democratic Party. In a joint press conference with former delegate Khatkar, Keith said, "The CLP has consistently shown itself to be a relic of the old times that has simply not adjusted to EU membership and the 21st-century multilateral way of life. They are simply unfit to represent the Right in Angleter. Navdeep Khatkar, however, is a man who has seen it all and knows what we need. Thus I have chosen to join the Democratic Party of Angleter.
It is unclear as of yet which European Affiliation the Democratic Party shall take. The EPP-ED already contains the CLP within its ranks, and the ELP has been described by Khatkar as 'too left-wing'. Also there is a possibility that the CLP will oust Keith and install their own delegate, but that could prompt a Democratic walkout from the coalition, which would cause elections that would most likely be a disaster for the CLP.
Current polls: Democratic 44%, Social-Democrat 21%, CLP 19%, Others 16%.
ANGLETER ARE IN!
The Angleteric national football team has qualified for the semi-finals of UEFA 09 with a win on the final day against French Albyon. This was met with scenes of extreme jubilation in Angleter as the Bulldogs emerged from the group stage first overall with 15 points.
The 5-2 victory over French Albyon was watched at the big screen in New Birmingham by over 40,000 people. No arrests were made despite some sporadic flare-ups in the crowd.
Angleter is virtually in a state of mourning tonight after going down 2-1 in the Final of the European Championships to the host nation Gro?deutsches Reich.
Angleter took an early lead but eventually were overcome by a strong Gro?deutsches Reich side in what was a tight encounter. Manager Ray Hodge has vowed to stay on as coach, saying "we should have won this contest. We lost players before the start, the Soviet withdrawal fiasco distracted us a bit, and of course the Reich always had home advantage. Still we'll leave with heads held high and next time, we'll win, and I'll still be the manager."
Some violence took place in Angleteric cities after the match, resulting in 47 arrests for public drunkenness and breach of the peace. All were cautioned and released this morning.
NAVDEEP KHATKAR TO WITHDRAW HIS COALITION SUPPORT, WILL TRIGGER ELECTION IN A MONTH
Navdeep Khatkar, leader of the Democratic Party, has announced that tomorrow he will officially withdraw his support from the Conservative & Libertarian Party's ruling coalition, and thus will most likely cause an election.
The Democrats have surged ahead in the polls with their blend of moderate patriotism and fiscal liberalism as opposed to the CLP's seemingly more traditional and nationalist attitude. Both sides are seen as being on the centre-right of the political spectrum, with the Social Democrats being the largest Leftist grouping.
If the government does, as expected, fall tomorrow, the Grand Marquess will have the right to call elections and dismiss the CLP government from office, as their coalition will then have failed twice in one year.
NAVDEEP KHATKAR CRASHES COALITION, PM CATT DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT
Executive Prime Minister Monty Catt has dissolved the Parliament of the People today after Navdeep Khatkar pulled his Democratic Party out of the CLP-led coalition. Catt surprised many by most likely ending his own party's rule and calling elections, which are to be held on 12 July 2009.
Democratic Party 52% (44%)
CLP 21% (19%)
Social Democrats 18% (21%)
Others 9% (16%)
ANGLETERIC MILITARY EXPANDS IN RESPONSE TO BRECON'S AND GRO?DEUTSCHES REICH'S MILITARY EXPANSION
AGRAM has announced that again Angleter is to expand its military size in response to the Gro?deutsches Reich and Brecon doing the same in the past weeks. Baron de Pforttenhelm announced that the cost of this expansion will not affect Angleter's low taxes. Also in the reforms 50 militia divisions have been trained up to Motorised Infantry divisions.
SOVIETS MOCK ANGLETERIC ARMY
Baron de Pforttenhelm, head of AGRAM, has expressed his dismay at the Soviet Union's Lieutenant-General Pukhov and his decision to speak out against Angleter's military build-up. He said, "Lt.Gen. Pukhov says that we are overly militaristic since we have the second-largest standing army. This is utter nonsense. Any nation which feels the need to maintain a 3065-brigade army and hold 24,600 nuclear bombs is clearly in no position to lecture us about militarism and insecurity. Our intelligence suggests that they have the largest army, navy, air force and nuclear capability!"
The Soviet Defence Minister also mockingly dismissed our military quality, with de Pforttenhelm retorting, "Apparently we lack a modern military force, and rely too heavily on militia. While it is true that we have the most militiamen in the Union, we still maintain a healthy number of all types of troops. Also, the Soviets forget that we have now over 300,000 Special Forces troops- double the amount that the USSR has, and some of the best, most highly-trained fighters in the region."
Baron de Pforttenhelm's Angleter National People's Party- a coalition member based on patriotism, ardent monarchism and militarism, is expected to work closely with the struggling CLP in the election campaign.
POLLS CLOSE IN ANGLETER, RESULTS IN BY 8PM
We have received reports that, having closed polls at 6pm, there is expected to be a clear winner in the Angleteric House elections before 8pm. Turnout is between 81% and 83%, with exit polls suggesting that the Democratic Party may have won a clear majority in the Parliament of the People.
Khatkar's Democrats, who have called for swift constitutional reform and a new approach to foreign policy, have between 49% and 51% of the vote, the CLP between 21% and 24%, and the Social Democrats between 16% and 19%.
More to come later.
KHATKAR WINS MAJORITY OF SEATS FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Navdeep Khatkar has won the election in Angleter, gaining a direct majority of seats with 51.5% of the vote. The CLP gained 22%, and the SDP 16.5%.
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KHATKAR PUSHES THROUGH CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
The Parliament of the People has voted through new LPP Navdeep Khatkar's proposal for constitutional reform to Angleter, an Act which abolishes the role of Executive Prime Minister and re-establishes the Angleteric provinces.
The vote was:
CATT SIGNS AWAY HIS JOB
Executive Prime Minister Monty V. Catt has, it is said, given his assent to the constitutional reform act that will remove his role, alongside other such reforms. The Grand Marquess must now sign the Act into law by Saturday.
CLP CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST MOSSAFA
In today's Prime Minister's Questions event in the People's Parliament, CLP leader and Leader of the Opposition Monty Catt put pressure on the Angleteric Prime Minister Navdeep Khatkar to take out sanctions against Mossafa and scale up the military presence on the Mossafan border. This came as the Arab Republic, instituted in 1981, tested successfully an intermediate-range missile that could easily hit New Birmingham to the burning of Angleteric, Belarian and Gro?deutscher flags.
Khatkar announced that he has already condemned the Mossafan government for pressing ahead with their missile program, and has sent a letter to Mossafa's President Aziz expressing concern about their nuclear power program as worry spreads about whether Mossafa is creating nuclear weapons. However Catt and the CLP claim that this is simply not enough, suggesting that Khatkar ought to have demanded the end of nuclear activity in Mossafa and asked Aziz to stamp out the burning of our flags.
Khatkar, however, rebuked Catt, claiming that this is a continuation of the aggressive foreign policy the CLP has taken ever since Neo-Venetia.