The Royal Drum (Utembo)

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Re: The Royal Drum (Utembo)

Postby Reddy » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:27 am

King Introduces Limited Democratisation
December 4518

Kgosi (King) Mohlabi has announced the introduction of a legislature - the first ever in the Kingdom. The King issued his much anticipated "Kgotla Decree" which empowers the traditional tribal council to make laws for the Kingdom. Its membership has also been expanded from 25 members to 65. The new members will be appointed from the major professional bodies and other public organisations. Political parties remain banned and the King shall retain the power to appoint all members and dissolve the body at will.

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Kgosi Mohlabi

Batembo democrats have greeted the development with cautious optimism, calling on the King to go even further and allow full elections. They also reminded him that "Utembo was the cradle of democracy in Terra and the old kgoltas were fully participatory democratic bodies." The democrats are highly unlikely to realise their dreams anytime soon with all the disturbances in neighbouring Temania very much on Mohlabi's mind. The King has issued a statement of concern and sent his best wishes to "his friend", the Emperor Baldassare II.
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Re: The Royal Drum (Utembo)

Postby Reddy » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:12 am

Protests Grip Royal Capital
May 4519

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Royal Residence Complex to call for "change". The protests have flashed out of nowhere and come following the trial acquittal of a Kazulian peacekeeper who had been accused of killing a Batembo teenager. Tensions over constitutional reforms, intense dislike of the Kazulo-Talmorian peacekeeping force and high inflation had kept many Batembo on edge and the acquittal as well as the news of protests in neighbouring Temania has pushed many Batembo over that edge.

The royal court has called on the protesters to return to their homes and is blaming the protests on foreign intelligence agencies. Security forces have been deployed throughout the kingdom and no serious confrontations have been reported yet.
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Re: The Royal Drum (Utembo)

Postby Reddy » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:19 pm

Powersharing Agreement Between Monarch and Protesters
January 4521

Talmorian Farin for Foreign Affairs Sekou Konate has successfully brokered an agreement between Kgosi Mohlabi and prominent opposition leaders in Utembo. Konate signed the agreement in the Batembo capital, Bajoum along the Kgosi, the head of the Kgotla (legislature) and the President of Batembo Democratic Progressive Front - a coalition of pro-democracy groups in Utembo. The agreements puts an end to two years of protests against the monarchy.

The agreement established a "government of national unity" composed of 15 royalist and 10 democrat ministers. The Kgotla will be expanded in membership from 65 to 90 members, of which the opposition will appoint 15 members. Talmoria itself has pledged to prove a 100 million LOD loan to help stabilise the Batembo economy and to organise investment by Talmorian businesses which the Farin said might create up to 2,000 jobs over the next five years. The vast majority of protest leaders have accepted the agreement although some have expressed concern over the fact that the royalists continue to hold all security-related government positions.
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