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Postby jamescfm » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:52 pm

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Istapalian Visit Ends Without Agreement

15th February 4475

The highly anticipated visit to Suyu Llaqta of Istapalian President Necaquetzal Hei concluded this evening, without any further progress on resolving the ongoing trade and border disputes between the two nations. Following an intense week of meetings and conferences with the Llaqta government as well as various other figures in the dispute, it was announced by the Llaqta Head of State Chinpukusi Malqui that no agreement could be reached. Despite calling the visit a "disappointing missed opportunity", Malqui notably did not apportion blame for the lack of a deal instead saying that "vast differences in policy remain between the two governments".

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Long queues continue at the border between the two countries

As a consequence, large portions of the Llaqta-Istapalian border remain closed in both directions with further sections restricted to one way travel, as has been the case for several months. The border closures were a recent development in a decades long history of poor relations between the two neighbouring states, which has its roots in the Treaty of Matidenas, the Socialist Alliance of Dovani and the 4315 coup in Suyu Llaqta which deposed a government accused of being under Istapalian influence. These underlying tensions were brought to the surface again last year when the Llaqta government issued an ultimatum to Istapali, urging them to control the flow of illegal drugs into Suyu Llaqta or face border closures.

Critics and politicians remain hopeful that the two sides will be able to resolve these ongoing disputes peacefully, though, with another meeting between the two governments scheduled in several weeks time and an assurance from Istapali that they would not seek to further increase import tariffs on Llaqta goods after a substantial rise in January. Opposition parties in Istapali have raised questions of the manner in which the government has handled the matter, however, and the President has been condemned for his visit to a "right wing dictatorship" by the Socialist Party. With legislative elections looming, a change in the balance of power could complicate the process significantly.
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Re: Suyu Llaqta World Service

Postby jamescfm » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:34 pm

Llaqta Weekly News
Protests As Court Upholds Controversial Voting Legislation

3rd March 4484

Widespread protests have broken out across the country following the High Court of Suyu Llaqta's decision not to overturn the Electoral Integrity Act (4483) ahead of July's legislative elections. Attention has been focused on the High Court ever since the legislation was passed last November and it has been touted as an crucial test of judicial independence following various reforms to the court system imposed throughout last year. The Court's verdict was reached sooner than expected, with many using this as evidence of the lack of proper scrutiny applied to the bill.

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Chinpukusi Malqui, the driving force behind the voting legislation and judicial reforms

The legislation in question was passed by the National People's Council under pressure from Head of State Chinpukusi Malqui, following allegations during his previous election campaign that opposition parties were, in his words, "shipping voters across the border in order to institute regime change". Although he was re-elected, Malqui received his smallest share of the vote since he was first elected in 4467. Critics have suggested that the legislation is simply an attempt to disenfranchise first and second generation migrants, who tend to support opposition political parties, by requiring that they obtain a special "new voter" card.

The High Court's decision had been seen as the first test of the body's willingness to hold the government to account following reforms which, according to critics, have severely weakened its independence. Instituted last year, among the most significant reforms were an increase in the number of justices from seven to eleven and the imposition of a mandatory retirement age of seventy. Consequently, Malqui was able to appoint five new justices and will be able to appoint two more within the next eighteen months.

Speaking from a rally in the capital of Niederung, opposition Democratic Voice leader Thanapoom Sirishumsaeng was scathing of both the High Court and the government: "Malqui and the Council have conspired to deny millions of our citizens a right to express their will in a democratic election, these are good, hardworking citizens- like my parents- who came to Suyu Llaqta to benefit themselves and the nation. On top of that, the body which is supposed to defend our rights, the High Court, has enabled this crime, primarily because its integrity has been totally eroded by government meddling". After the verdict was announced, the Democratic Voice website contained a statement indicating that there would be "severe consequences" for this decision.
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Re: Suyu Llaqta World Service

Postby jamescfm » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:36 pm

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Crackdown On Opposition Following Protests
Government utilises public order legislation to arrest various opposition leaders and prominent critics

Wednesday 26th March, 4490
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The governing National Action Party in Suyu Llaqta has announced a major toughening of its position on critics and opposition leaders in response to large protests across the country against government policy. Speaking to the nation late yesterday evening, Minister of Law and Order Wayanay Paucarchuco announced that individuals and groups who sought to "undermine the rule of law and incite violence against citizens would be dealt with, feeling the full force of the law".
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Above: Riot police respond to demonstrations against the government in the northern city of Carhuamentel, reports vary as to the conduct of the protesters
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Since then, reports suggest that many members of the leadership of the Democratic Worker's Party and Democratic Voice have been arrested by police. The parties are the nation's two largest opposition organisations but are not permitted to contest elections under electoral law set by the government. In addition, several non-governmental organisations deemed hostile to the government have had their leaders taken in for questioning, notably the mineworkers and transport labour unions.

The government's crack down follows two weeks of protests in various locations across the country, initially triggered by the banning of the Llaqta Weekly News. The largest and most violent protests have been reported in the northern industrial city of Carhuamentel, with several deaths and numerous injuries being reported. Democratic Worker's Party leader Aukasisa Sianquiz was at the forefront of the protests in the city, with Paucarchuco highlighting this as part of the basis for the government's decision to harden their stance on dissenters.

The arrests were conducted by the special branch of the police force tasked with internal security: the Nationaler Sicherheitsdienst, often shortened to Nasicher. Although little is known for sure about this clandestine organisation, accounts from those who have been questioned or arrested by the force suggest they operate particularly draconian and brutal methods. Physical torture is not uncommon for individuals associated with "groups spreading public disorder" and some families report that relatives who were taken by the Nasicher never returned.
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Llaqta Weekly News is a banned newspaper in Suyu Llaqta. It operates from Istapali and utilises a network of secret reporters to gain first hand information from the country.
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Re: Suyu Llaqta World Service

Postby jamescfm » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:14 pm

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Defence Pact Signed With Liore Amid Tensions
Rawa Hualla Allcca welcomes Liori leader to capital in response to continental summit in Istapali

Thursday 8th March, 4497
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The recently elected Llaqta Head of State Rawa Hualla Allcca has welcomed Rudá Moriharu, the National Director of Liore, and his government to Niederung in order to sign a historic alliance between the two nations, pledging to defend each other against outside threats. The agreement is perceived as a response to the recent Matidenas Conference in Istapali, where leaders from seven nations across Dovani convened to discuss the threat posed by anti-democratic regimes in northern Dovani.
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Above: Llaqta Head of State Rawa Hualla Allcca has sought to strengthen the position of the nation by forming a defensive alliance with Liore
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Hualla Allcca commented that Liore and Suyu Llaqta would be the "sole nations in northern Dovani committed to non-interference and self-government, an axis of sovereignty in the region", leading many to refer to the alliance as the "Axis of Dovani". In addition to mutual defence, the agreement contains provisions which enable the governments to coordinate strategy on security. Both governments were fiercely critical of the Matidenas Conference to the media during the visit, referring to it as "an attempt to institute a new colonial regime in Dovani".

Both nations have also withdrawn their delegations from the World Congress, highlighting the permanent member status as a "hallmark of embedded colonialist attitudes". Despite pressure from Lourenne and Kanjor among others, the World Congress Security Council has so far taken no action against either Liore, Suyu Llaqta or Utari Mosir. Several nations have implemented economic sanctions against the latter two nations, however, and this is beginning to impact the price of certain imported goods.

While the visit of Moriharu was onging, non-governmental organisation the Human Rights Foundation issued a new report highlighting the scale of abductions and forced disappearances in Suyu Llaqta. Over the last five years, over ten thousand people are believed to have been secretly imprisoned or executed by the Nasicher, the country's internal security service. The primary targets have been democratic and left-wing individuals as well as certain minority groups like the Klikut.
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