Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

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Postby Sisyphus » Wed May 02, 2018 12:04 pm

New Political Party To Contest Next Election
Return to Full Democracy Will Lead to "Prosperity and Progress", Says Duke Sigzma

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People celebrate at a rally held in Vrzkel to mark the King's decision to allow new political parties to form.

February 4387 - Duke Sigzma Barnkuksrmko Zhtál has said he is now in the process of registering his new political party after receiving direct permission from King Wrntukai V. The Zhtál-Merlkai Jezhrjekai Prta will contest the next Grand Council and local elections, which are scheduled to take place on 1 January, 4391 – the day His Majesty relinquishes absolute power and the Military Junta's suspension of democracy is lifted.

It is believed that His Grace has expressed to His Majesty that his new party is for steady reform and will work with him and the Jezhrje Knstatak Prta to ensure a stable, constitutional monarchy remains in place. It is also believed that the Duke has endorsed the current government's foreign policy, which includes strengthening ties with Indrala and distancing itself from Dankuk and it allies in Dovani.

Speaking about the recent meeting with the King and Prefect at the royal palace in Wiel, the Duke said: "I can confirm what His Majesty has already said in his statement - that the talks were productive and that a return to full democracy is being progressed.

"The registering of my new party and my ambition to contest the Assembly elections in 4391 is indicative of this progress and I hope this will bring out more people to vote as we enter a new era for Vanuku. Like everyone I hope the period of instability and political uncertainty is over and that this nation will move forward in a prosperous and democratic fashion."

So, What Is Different?

On face value the Zhtál-Merlkai Jezhrjekai Prta seems closely aligned to the governing Jezhrje Knstatak Prta on issues such as the monarchy, foreign policy and defence but there are several key differences:

- Duke Zhtál is an advocate for closer co-operation with the Majatran Union and closer economic ties with Istalia, with a long-term of aim of becoming a member of the continental union rather than remaining outside the supranational organisation.

- His party is expected to receive a lot of its support from the far northern provinces of Vanuku, where Vanukeaans is still spoken and promoted. As a result, expect to see disagreements in the Grand Council over the status of the language and Jelbo-Dorvish culture.

- The new party is in favour of nationalisation in key industries such as defence, energy generation and transport, a view which is at odds with the government's pro-privatisation approach to the economy.

- Reforms to the tax system, which would see everyone paying some level of income tax - even those earning below 20,000 VM - but with subsidised public transport, fuel, energy and a nationalised healthcare system free at the point of delivery.


Despite these differences, people should expect a more steady approach to day-to-day politics with little chance of a return to the unstable, unpredictability of the last few years of the republican government.
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Sisyphus » Fri May 04, 2018 10:51 am

Duke Picks His Senior Team as New Party Aims to Contest Every Grand Council Seat
Manifesto and constitutional proposals to be announced in run up to the historic 4391 election

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Colonel Eksandr Anzlék, who has been chosen as the party's defence spokesperson, during his time as a military liaison officer to the government.

February 4388 - A range of business leaders, family members and military leaders have been handpicked by Duke Sígzma Barnkuksrmko Zhtál for key roles within his new political party.

They include Rnúf Herlkasrmko Ashur - former Director-General for International Cooperation in the Foreign Office - as Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and Deputy Party Leader for the Zhtál-Merlkai Jezhrjekai Prta. The 54-year-old, who previously held the role of ambassador to Baltusia and was Deputy Ambassador to Istalia under the Republican regime, is an advocate of closer ties with the Majatran Union.

Dr Dnmai Btházrdrsme Kárak is the Home Affairs spokesperson. She has experience working in the Department for Home and Kingdom Affairs and was Deputy-Director General for Human Rights in the Justice Department. Finance is the remit of Ershébef Juhnsme Trmékez who has spent more than 25 years in senior roles in the banking sector.

Meanwhile, the key role of Defence has been trusted to Former army colonel Eksandr Anzlék - who served as aide de camp to the late Admiral Frérkus Dorfluzke, who was the first Chief of Staff under the Republican regime. Anzlék has a 30 year military background and political experience from his time working as a liaison between the Defence Department and the armed forces.

Several of Duke Sigzma's relatives have been entrusted with roles in the top echelons of the party. They include his son and heir Brnó Sigzmasrmko Zhtál as Trade and Industry spokesperson and his nephews Noh Míhaljsrmko Zhtál (Justice) and Léppltz Klunesrmko Zhtál (Science and Technology).

Duke Sigzma said: "Our aim is to field candidates for every one of the 225 Grand Council seats in the January 4391 election and this team will help me to co-ordinate our key messages and compile our manifesto, which will be released as we close in on that historic date for modern democracy.

"We shall also be putting forward our proposal for a law which will formalise the King's transition from absolute to constitutional monarch and set out the responsibilities and limitations of that role. I again express my sincere gratitude to King Wrntukai V who has agreed to these reforms and a return to democratic elections... Vanuku will flourish as a result, I am sure."
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Kubrick » Mon May 07, 2018 3:43 pm

King Wrntukai V submits his last two laws for review
Proposal to become constitutional monarch now in writing.

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King Wrntukai V at the Wrntu Wrnuke! radio station in Wiel during an interview about his new proposal for a semi-constitutional monarchy.

September 4389 - According to himself the King has submitted his last two proposals for the Grand Council. "These will be my last two as absolute monarch, when these are amended and approved I am done. Then I can sit back with the content feeling that the state has been brought back to order, the way my father was forced to leave it many years ago; a free society, a free market and a strong state." The past five years the King has worked hard to introduce his well-known 'Edicts', ranking from one to eight these edicts have adjusted the constitution, introduced countless new laws and amended taxes, the budget and several other things. With Edict VIII looking to be done soon the King has also submitted his Semi-Constitutional Monarchy & Open Elections Act which will reduce the King's role to that of a semi-constitutional monarch with the only real power of having the Royal Veto, a right that King Juhn IX also held during his reign.

The Greater Nationalists, who currently dominate the Grand Council, have stated that both proposals are well within what they deem acceptable. The King however remains critical: "I hope the current proposals are what the Duke had in mind when we spoke". On January 1st 4391 the Kingdom of Vanuku will see its first free elections since the restoration. The Greater Nationalist Party will be contesting alongside the Noble House of Zthál-Merlkai Party. The NHZ-MP is led by Duke Sigzma Zthál, a prominent nobleman from the North of Vanuku that acquired national fame for his open criticism of the King and then his meeting with him after the King addressed his concerns in an open letter. The King only had positive words about the Duke. "His calls for clarity and further reform where a wake up call, I was too invested in my own bubble of undoing the damage of those unholy radicals, I'm glad he had the courage to stand up, in different times he would've been arrested and that would've been that".


Prefect Akedkáhe "concerned" about Jelbanian situation
Land Forces now on high alert though government denounces intervention rumours

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A Vanukean checkpoint near the border, the Prefect is wary of unrest spreading to Vanuku.

September 4389 - The Prefect has made it clear in a statement that the government is keeping a close eye on Jelbania. The Prefect is reportedly concerned about the ongoing developments in the Southern Jelbic neighbour where civil unrest is the norm. Deltarian bandits, calling themselves the Sons of Zog, are raiding the Jelbanian countryside with the Khagan Shlajkai VI unable to resist these incursions. According to the Prefect the weak defence of Jelbania has been caused by his unpopular reforms. Nonetheless the King himself has offered assistance to the Khagan, with the Prefect stating that "the government keeps an eye out for all Jelbic brothers, Deltarian banditry should not be tolerated". However an offer for help is not the only thing the government has done, the Prefect himself authorized a partial mobilization in the Southern border areas as a pre-emptive move to avoid the unrest spreading into the Kingdom. Checkpoints have been set up all along the border and Vanukean troops keep a close eye on the Jelbanian countryside. The government has denied and denounced any rumours about intervention. "We only march when we are invited, the Kingdom of Vanuku has always respected the right to self-determination and will defend it forever, our military will only take action when unrest spreads to our nation or when the Khagan wishes it so".
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Sisyphus » Tue May 08, 2018 11:06 am

Manifesto Sets Out Public Ownership and Tax System Reforms
New Party Says Government Must Play a Bigger Role in Society to Protect The Less Well-Off

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Duke Sigzma pictured with his son and Party Trade and Industry Spokesperson Brnó Sigzmasrmko Zhtál.

January 4390 - The Noble House of Zthál-Merlkai Party (NHZ-MP) has published its manifesto with just under a year to go before the election. The wide-sweeping document sets out the party's key policies and desired reforms and, also, in which areas there is consensus with the ruling Greater Nationalist Party.

Fundamentally, the new party - that will contest its first elections on January 1, 4391 - agrees with the constitutional changes proposed by the king, which will see his role change from absolute ruler of the country to a semi-constitutional monarch with the power to wield a Royal Veto. However, in other areas, the NHZ-MP has set out plans for government to play a bigger role in society and advocates state control of certain important industrial sectors, a completely free public healthcare system, the removal of tax on essential goods and subsidised public transport.

Much of this, the manifesto claims, will be paid for through a reformed tax system that will see more people paying income tax and a higher tax band for the richest earners - but with guaranteed access to free or subsidised critical services as a result.

Party leader and founder Duke Sigzma Zhtál said: "Our party is for reform not revolution. But whilst we agree with the social hierarchy of Vanuku and support the framework that has been established over centuries, we do believe that the privileged and wealthy have an obligation to support the poorer parts of society.

"This requires, in our opinion, a stronger focus on funding social care and health care which is accessible to all people and is free at the point of delivery. It also requires taking some government control of key industries, such as energy generation and transport, to make sure no one goes cold in the winter or is unable to get to and from work, for instance."

The Party's approach has been labelled as "right-wing socialism" by some left-wing critics, who feel it falls short of providing the kind of safety net the poorer members of society actually require and that fewer rather than more people should be paying tax. While traditionalists say it is an erosion of true conservative values and too much of a move away from the laissez faire and private market approach.

But Duke Sigzma said that branding the party left, right or centre was irrelevant. He added: "What matters is not whether our party is called this or that but what we do to make people's live better. We believe our balanced approach will make that difference and it certainly gives people a choice when they go to vote in the historic election."

Other policies advocated by the NHZ-MP include closer ties with the Majatran Union and a review into the promotion in schools of minority languages such as Vanukeaans and Brmék.
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Sisyphus » Tue May 08, 2018 11:32 am

Calls for Government to Intervene in 'Chaotic Jelbania'
Duke Says Prefect is Duty Bound to Assist Cultural Cousins

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A soldier patrolling the Vanukean border with Jelbania where security has been stepped up.

February 4390 - Duke Sigzma Zhtál has called on the Prefect to be prepared to "intervene where necessary" following the death of the Jelbanian Khagan, Shlajkai VI, at the hands of the so-called Sons of Zog and the capture of the capital, Jeztridomura.

The Duke said: "The Prefect has insisted that he would not intervene unless the Khagan requested it. This call for help will not come now with his passing at the hands of hostile forces. This means we face a troubling situation with brutal Deltarian bandits expanding their territorial gains in the south east of Jelbania and the collapse of effective central government elsewhere.

"As well as the humanitarian cost, Vanuku has invested substantially in Jelbanian industry over the last two decades and we must protect those assets and interests too.

"We believe the Prefect, the Govenment and the Armed Forces High Command are duty bound to look into all the diplomatic and military options available to prevent the spread of the violence and bloodshed and help our cultural cousins. This uprising has moved beyond an expression of self-determination and is fast descending into anarchy, which is why we believe it may be necessary to take the unilateral step to intervene - whether that be through political dialogue, economic assistance or if deemed necessary military action."
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Kubrick » Tue May 08, 2018 5:02 pm

Prefect states intervention is imminent
Katona von Thaller declared an 'enemy of the state' for impersonating Temrkai Khan

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Prefect Adlé Akedkáhe giving an angered statement about the current situation in Jelbania.

March 4390 - The Prefect of Vanuku, Adlé Akedkáhe, has stated that intervention in the Khaganate of Jelbania is imminent. "The entire system has collapsed. The Deltarian bandits are running wild, stealing, murdering, raping, pillaging and destroying everything. The Jelbic peoples are being threatened by this chaos, this anarchy. A monarch has been murdered in cold blood, disrespecting ancient Jelbic traditions. We can not allow this. Especially not from an upjumped Artanian bastard boy that had his portrait paint him as the greatest man that ever lived, Temrkai Khan. How dare he! The King himself has ordered me to put a bounty of 1 million Vanukean Marks on his head in the hopes that he can be brought to justice for Jelbic genocide". The Prefect gave a very long and rather temperamental speech, taking great offense to the death of the Khagan as well as Katona von Thaller comparing himself to Temrkai Khan. The Prefect has confirmed he will heed to the calls of Duke Sigzma. "He is right, we can not wait any longer. As we speak the Air Force is preparing a task force to find the bandits and destroy them. Furthermore three mechanized divisions are prepared and ready to take key points in the North of Jelbania. We will protect our brethren."

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Left: a portrait of Temrkai Khan, the first Khagan of the Jelbic Peoples and conqueror of the Augustan Empire. Right: a portrait of Katona von Thaller, dressed the exact same way as Temrkai Khan.

The ordeal of Katona von Thaller comparing himself to Temrkai Khan by means of a portrait has sparked more outrage in Vanuku than the death of Shlajkai VI. Temrkai Khan was born as Nikandro Heraklito, an Augustan from the Augustan Empire. The legendary warrior rose quickly through the ranks and in the end led the Northern armies of the Empire. His invasion of Jelbania under Augustan command has been cited as a "brilliant strategic and tactical operation" over and over again. His pacification of Jelbania was marked by his respect and acceptance of Jelbic culture. In Vanuku especially Temrkai Khan is known as a saviour as his armies intervened in the Barmenia-Vanuku War and liberated the North of Vanuku from the Barmenian invaders. The Barmenians sued for peace and the weak Augustan Emperor was keen to accept but Temrkai Khan defied his decision. His conquest of Barmenia and Zardugal saw him become one of the most legendary figures from Majatran history. The current King Wrntukai V is a descendant of Temrkai Khan through the maternal side, as was St. Laŭrenco who became the second Khagan of the Jelbic Peoples.
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Sisyphus » Thu May 10, 2018 10:08 am

Vanukean Troops Enter Northern Jelbania
Decision Taken To Restore Law and Order and Prevent Humanitarian Crisis, says Government

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Troops of three mechanised infantry divisions advancing quickly into northern Jelbania.

January 4391 - Three fast-moving mechanised infantry divisions supported by the Vanukean air force have swept into northern Jelbania to secure the border and help to restore law and order in the region. It follows the collapse of effective central government in the Jelbanian capital Jeztridomura following the death of the Jeztri Khagan Shlajkai VI at the hands of Deltarian bandits, led by Baron Katona von Thaller.

The order to first mobilise troops and then move in was initially given by outgoing Prefect of Vanuku, Adlé Akedkáhe; and it has now been rubber-stamped by Prefect-Elect Duke Sigzma Zhtál, whose new political party swept to election victory earlier this month.

A spokesperson for the Armed Force High Command said that units had encountered little or no resistance as they advanced into the northern provinces of Gezg​ék​stan (Turadrad), Göka​é​kstan (Baniray) and Motalpapaqstan (Rilmos) in three columns and moved towards their primary object - Amsadomura, the city which has been declared the new capital of the entire country by 16 northern clans.

It is also believed that the Vanukean forces have been in contact with Manil Jebrsrmko Suadjakai the head of the prominent Suadjakai clan who is known to have pro-Vanuku tendencies and is a front runner to become the next leader when the dust settles. Troops also have orders to secure and maintain the running of industrial complexes in the north. These include the facilities of mining company Temrort in which Vanuku has a 35 per cent share.

It is not known at this stage how far the Vanukean forces will advance from their initial northern platform. The situation in the west of the country close to the Zardic border is believed to be particularly chaotic with clans vying to control the rich uranium mines that exist there.

Duke Sigzma said: "We have not taken the decision to advance into northern Jelbania lightly but all parties agree that this had to be done to help stabilise the situation and avoid a growing humanitarian crisis. We will stand by our Jelbek cousins and work with them to ensure a new government is installed and law and order is restored."
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Sisyphus » Thu May 10, 2018 2:11 pm

Prefect Calls For Grand Coalition Government
Duke Zhtál Says Working With Opposition Will Create A United Front In The Face of Domestic and International Challenges

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Prefect Zhtál outlines his plans for a Grand Coalition during an interview on the TV programme Vanuku Today.

February 4391 - New Prefect Duke Sigzma Zhtál has offered senior ministerial positions to the Jezhrje Knstatak Prta as part of a grand coalition cabinet aimed at securing stability in Vanuku.

Despite his own party (the Zhtál-Merlkai Jezhrjekai Prta) taking nearly two-thirds of the Grand Council seats in the historic election of January 4391, Duke Zhtál says close co-operation with the JKP is needed as the country forges ahead under a new constitutional monarchy system. This, he says, also needs to be the case to counter a newly-formed communist party waiting in the wings and to support Vanukean troops deployed to restore law and order in Jelbania.

Among the cabinet positions being offered to the Jezhrje Knstatak Prta include the key roles of Foreign Affairs Minister and Internal Affairs Minister. Outgoing Prefect and former head of the military junta that restored the monarchy, Adlé Akedáhe, has backed the offer. He told the Grand Council: "This proposal is acceptable. I have done my job as Prefect, good luck to my successor!"

Duke Zhtál said: "I am humbled and privileged to have been given this opportunity as Prefect but I know that one of the keys to success is having good people in key positions working with me. That is why I wish to tap into the experience and knowledge of those who have been pushing this country forward since the restoration of the monarchy.

"There are a series of challenges to overcome - not least trying to restore order in Jelbania. We also have a number of variables on the domestic front including the potential rise of a new communist movement. This is why a united front is essential. "
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Kubrick » Sat May 12, 2018 3:57 pm

King Wrntukai V passed away, nation shocked by sudden death
71 year old monarch passed away after sudden heart attack during breakfast.

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The royal palace, built in 1651 by the Dorvish and named Haus zum Wald, now known as Beid Vrn Palz, the palace between the green.

March 4392 - This morning a catastrophy struck the reigning monarch of Vanuku. King Wrntukai V, the Casual King that restored democracy and civil liberties in the Kingdom, has passed away following a heart attack. The royal family issued a statement at noon describing that His Majesty suffered a heart attack while smoking a cigar and reading the newspaper during his breakfast. While his brother, nephew and attendees were quick to respond their impeccable treatment was no match for the severity of the attack the King suffered. At 9:45 the royal physician, dr. H.I. Jeztri, declared that the King had officially passed away. King Wrntukai V was known for his nonchalant lifestyle, the King enjoyed cigars, was never able to kick his cigarette habit and was an avid whiskey and bourbon enthusiast as well as being described as an "unhealthy eater" as well as a workaholic. Even with all this the King always looked healthy and said he "felt great". His physician previously warned him during the period of edicts that he had to slow down but the King always dismissed this advice. "Vanuku needs me" was his usual response. Vanuku will always fondly remember the eccentric but hard-working monarch that has been the most "normal" King the Kingdom has seen in over a hundred years.

While most are mourning the passing of Vanuku's greatest monarch in the last century others are speaking of the succession. Who will be the next King? The workaholic Wrntukai V never handed out the title of Archduke of Banstill. The reigning King is expected to bestow the title upon his desired successor, a practice that has been in function since the Kingdom started. With no Archduke it is unclear who will succeed the monarch as the King never married. An expert on royal history and politics, dr. Olryz Temr, lined out the potential candidates for Wrntu Wrnuke below.

1. Baron Juhn Merlékam, the illegitimate son of King Wrntukai V with Baroness Pawlín-Mri Merlékam, if the Grand Council legitimizes him he would reign as King Juhn X. Parties like the GNP are traditionally known to push for the firstborn son yet his legal status leaves this a grey area.

2. Prince Kezkai Banmek-Sntazed, the younger brother of King Wrntukai V aged 69, has previously stated he has no interest in ruling but could turn around. Would reign as King Kezkai III. While legally the most likely candidate his personal interest and age might play large factors as well as the fact Prince Kezkai has no children either.

3. Prince Temrkai Skronores-Banmek-Sntazed, a nephew of the King by his sister Princess Hán Banmek-Sntazed who is married to Duke Jeztri Skronores. Would reign as King Temrkai II. At age 29 he is a young and ambitious candidate, yet more conservative monarchists are weary of steering away from the "direct" Banmek-Sntazed line.

4. Prince Wrntukai Banmek-Sntazed, a cousin twice removed from the King. Would reign as King Wrntukai VI. Current Regional President of Bismarck-Paulus in Vanuku, one of the largest conglomerates in the world. At age 41 he is young enough to have a long reign and old enough to have a wise reign. He is a direct descendant of the King's grandfather King Temrkai and has always emphasized his political ambitions that will follow after his successful career. Considered by many an outside bet seeing his distant relation to the King.
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Re: Wrntu Wrnuke! (Forwards Vanuku!)

Postby Sisyphus » Mon May 14, 2018 1:30 pm

Government reshapes Vanuku's Finances
Economic Reforms Lead to Free Health Care and A Streamlined Defence Budget

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Finance Minister Dr Ershébef Juhnsme Trmékez spells out the government's plan on the economy.

February 4393 - The government has carried out a series of major economic reforms to help balance the country's military-focussed spending and achieve key manifesto pledges.The defence budget has been reduced from a hefty 400 billion Vanukean Marks (around 15 per cent of GDP) to 300 billion following the privatisation of many of the country's defence industries.

The freed-up money has been allocated to health and social services, where it will pay for the introduction of a free public health service and transport and infrastructure, which will enable fully subsidised travel on rail, bus and tram systems.

Finance Minister Dr Ershébef Juhnsme Trmékez said: "Whilst we remain totally committed to the defence of this great nation, we felt the existing defence budget is too high to sustain, running at more than 15 per cent of total GDP. In addition, now that the previous government has re-privatised the nation's defence industries we believe the figure can be reduced without losing our focus on retaining our position as Terra's pre-eminent military power.

"The money we have freed up has meant we are able to push ahead with our plans to deliver health care free at the point of delivery and a fully-subsidised public transport system. All this without having to raise income tax or put an extra burden on businesses."

However, the government has received some criticism for not getting rid of the tax levied on essential goods - another pledge they had made to the electorate in the run up to the 4391 election.

Dr Trmékez added: "We are looking at all options for removing this 12 per cent tax on essential goods but the fact of the matter is it would leave a 82 billion VAN shortfall in our budget. We are not prepared to listen to the communists [Isràkifrndélyk Prta] whose solution is to raise corporation tax. It would basically be a case of robbing Peter to feed Paul."
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