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Postby jamescfm » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:55 pm

The Ntoto Witness is a daily, independent newspaper in the Democratic Republic of Ntoto. It also operates online and mobile versions of its content.
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Postby jamescfm » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:35 pm

Chairman Resigns Following Anti-Ahmadi Controversy
30th November 4289

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Outgoing Chairman Ousman Ngum has led his party since December 4265

Chairman of the Council of Ministers Ousman Ngum has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Mwisintoto People's Party with immediate effect. Ngum, who has led the MPP for nearly a quarter of a century, said that he could "no longer command the complete respect and loyalty of [his] legislators" but confirmed that he would continue as head of state until an internal election had been held to determine his successor. In the meantime, his former deputy leader Jon Ndiaye has taken acting leadership of the People's Party.

While Ngum may give pressure from his own party as his reason for resignation, most would agree that- in reality- it is the Ahmadi Justice Party that have forced him to step down from his long-standing position. Last week, Ngum faced severe criticism for numerous offensive remarks made about the nation's substantial Ahmadi minority in a previously un-broadcasted interview from a decade ago. In the footage, he refers to then-AJP leader Naseeba Marenah as a "dingo-brained moron" and to traditional Ahmadi customs as "voodoo nonsense" and faced immediate calls to resign when it was leaked. Yesterday, the party's leader in the Senate launched an official motion of no confidence in the Chairman and several MMP Senators warned they may have to support the motion if it reached a vote.

Ultimately, the political ramifications of the scandal could be much further-reaching. Any potential successor to Ngum will need to command the support of the diverse People's Party members of the State Assembly, which the outgoing leader was able to achieve in part due to the varied nature of his leadership team. On top of that, the lack of an MPP-majority in the Senate means that Ngum's replacement will need the votes of at least one other political party and this is unlikely to be the AJP given the recent storm. Negotiating a deal which ensures that the Council of Ministers is able to succeed in passing its legislative agenda could take weeks or even months.

Even in the short hours since the announcement was made, several contenders have emerged in the leadership race. Foremost among them are leader of the MPP's Hosian Caucus Oumil Sarr, who would attempt to appeal to the party's traditional opposition, the Hosian Democrats, with a economic liberalisation programme. Her closest rival is the State Assembly Chief Whip Momodou Jawara, a nationalist firebrand and close associate of Chairman Ngum, who has worked extensively alongside the National Front in the past. Both have controversies and will need to do begin work immediately if they are to win over their colleagues.
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Postby Arapaima13 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:09 pm

Ntoto Correspondence is a non-aligned news agency in the Democratic Republic of Ntoto.
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Postby Arapaima13 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:55 pm

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Mwisintoto People's Party Collapses

- Largest party in the Legislative Assembly collapses
- Chairman of the Council of Ministers implicated in major corruption scandal
- New elections to be three way fight between MCNA, HDP, and AJP


Mwisintoto politics went down crashing and burning last night, as the popular Mwisintoto People's Party (MPP) deregistered following the arrest of its leader, and Head of State, Jon Ndiaye. Following accusations of corruption that had been made from the main Opposition party, the Hosian Democratic Party (HDP), the police raided the Chairman's home in the early hours of the morning on charges of electoral fraud, and accepting bribes from major mining companies.

Jon Ndiaye had held a monopoly on Ntoto politics since the resignation of his predecessor, Ousman Ngum. Beating off several other high-profile names in the MPP Leadership Contest, he was able to not only unite the party under a socially liberal platform, but also increase their majority in the State Assembly. He is highly praised for his reconciling with the AJP - much to the distaste of some of the Hosian faction of the party - and was a popular Chairman of the Council of Ministers until being embroiled in this scandal.

The arrest came following a parliamentary inquiry forced through after a large proportion of MPP politicians rebelled. The outcome implicated several members of the Cabinet and the Head of State of accepting bribes from a myriad of mining companies in return for favourable business conditions. In particular, it is thought the Star Mining Corporation is believed to have offered in excess of 300,000 LPD (Luthorian Pounds - the defacto currency in Ntoto) to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers in order to guarantee a personal meeting between the Chairman and the Chief Executive.

As a result of the majority of its leaders being arrested, the MPP announced shortly afterwards its intention to shut its doors. Musa Ndele, the party's spokesperson told the Correspondence: "With the majority of our leadership implicated unfairly for corruption, we are naturally put in a difficult position. The speed in which actions would have to be taken in order to find a new Cabinet and a new Chairman at such short notice is impossibly fast. It is therefore necessary to deregister and allow democracy to choose a new Legislative Assembly."

However, a phoenix may yet rise from the ashes of the MPP. Already, a group of the Centre Faction of the MPP have come together with the Nationalist Faction of the MPP, and have registered the Mwisintoto Centrist and Nationalist Alliance (MCNA) for the next elections. This new party, led by the two faction leaders, Oumil Sarr and which focuses on populist policies, is set to see a shift to the right, holding a pro-Kintoto stance, and being opposed to the Asli minority in Ntoto. How well it will do is unknown. The HDP and the Ahmadi Justice Party (AJP) are set to make historic gains that could end the hegemony that the MPP had, and open Mwisintoto politics to a multi-party system.

Ndiaye, although in prison, released a statement in which he apologised for his "unprofessional" actions, although denied he had broken the law. He also showed his disappointment at the collapse of the party he has been a part of for his whole life. He called upon voters to back the new MCNA in order to maintain stability and order in Ntoto.
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Postby cb15 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:51 am

UCP WINS ELECTIONS, MUST BARGAIN WTH HARDLINE NATIONALISTS OR LIBERAL DEMS
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UCP leader and provisional government head Joshua Conway had a lot to smile about on Election night after results showed that the UCP would win the most seats. Now, he faces the challenge of negotiating to form a government with either the far right nationalists or the center left Liberal Democrats. Circumstances favor the Liberals, as the nationalists have been very critical of the DU, which is not ideal due to the war that the DU states are in currently. Conway will likely serve as Prime Minister due to his having run the country since the foundation of the provisional government that has pulled the country out of anarchy. Below is a graph of the results of the election:


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Union of Conserative Peoples: 42 seats
Liberal Democratic Party: 31 seats
Socialist Worker’s Movement: 16 seats
Nationalist Movement: 9 seats
Unaffiliated Independents: 3 seats
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Postby cb15 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:04 am

GOVERNMENT FORMED IN NTOTO
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Negotiations between the UCP and the LDP have ended with the result being a grand coalition government between the center left and center right. At its head will be UCP leader Joshua Conway, pictured on the right, with deputy prime ministers Marilyn Hart, in the center, and Leo Seabrook, pictured on the left. Ms. Hart, the leader of the LDP, will have a portfolio in Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Seabrook, one of three independents in the chamber, will also have a portfolio in Defense. The move had been expected for months as now Prime Minister Conway was facing an easy choice between the loggerheads nationalists and the reconcilable Democrats. The three still have yet to announce the other members of the cabinet, but the Prime Minister has named his deputies, along with Army chief of staff Michael Stanton and Navy Chief of Staff Todd Weaver as the members of his war cabinet.

In other news, the legislature has begun debating on a new constitution that will take effect after the next elections, coming up in a year and a half.
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Postby cb15 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:47 am

NTOTOESE TROOPS STAY STRONG
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The Northern Council has begun an invasion of Ntoto, and today Defense Minister Leo Seabrook made a speech to the press pool giving a light outline of defense strategies. Below is a transcript of his opening statement:
Good Afternoon.

As the highest ranking officer of the division of our government tasked with defending our people from external threats, it is my duty to inform you that Ntotoese troops have been engaging with Northern Council troops along the border with Talmoria. We had been expecting this invasion for some time, and were thus able to put together a strong defense line that we have begun calling the Mbourda line, names after the rainforest where most of their fighting has taken place. I urge the citizens of this country to stay calm, as we have contained the first wave and have a strong defense infrastructure that we can fall back on after the Northern Council can shift away from Statrica. I am now open for questions.


Unfortunately, Minister Seabrook was unable to answer questions concerning strategy and infrastructure due to information classification, but he is very confident that the Mbourda line will hold long enough for Medinese and Xsampa-Hanzen forces to arrive.
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Postby cb15 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:18 am

NTOTOESE LEADERS CALL FOR EXIT FROM DU AS NORTHERN COUNCIL TROOPS INVADE
Kshenga Airbase, Kshenga, Ntoto- BREAKING NEWS: A few minutes ago, reporters covering the Prime Minister of Ntoto received a press release from the Prime Minister’s office stating that the Prime Minister, along with important politicians and staff members, had been evacuated to an undisclosed location to protect the leaders from Northern Council Forces. In the release, the Prime Minister said that
this move was made for the safety myself, Deputy Prime Ministers Leo Seabrook and Marilyn Hart, along with Speaker of Parliament Geoff Oliver, Army Chief Michael Stanton, and Navy Chief Todd Weaver. We are in a safe location and have complete control over our armed forces.

In a separate statement released jointly by the deputy PMs, Hart and Seabrook blasted the DU senior members for their role in the start of the war, saying that
Ntoto was forced into this alliance by Medina and Xsampsa, and as deputy Prime Ministers of Ntoto, we can agree that we want out. The DU has been a disaster, and a cover for the imperialistic pursuits of Medina and Xsampsa that they claim are to counter imperialism from the Northern Council. It’s time for us to recognize the DU for what it is: a hypocritical organization dedicated to stopping an activity that it’s own founders partake in. That being said, we will continue to cooperate with their forces as long as it is feasible for our nation’s well being. After this bloody war is over, we will jointly call upon the Prime Minister to call a referendum to exit us from this union.

The statement from Hart and Seabrook is sure to ruffle some feathers in DU leadership, with one UCP lawmaker calling it “detrimental to our goals at this point,” and another saying that “this will only further divide our nation and make it more difficult for our military to form a cohesive defense with that of the DU.” However, later that day, in a televised address, the Prime Minister said he agreed with his deputies and would call a referendum at the end of the war. And so it appears that the circular firing squad has already begun as the DU faces a near hopeless battle.
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Postby jamescfm » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:23 am

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Government Falls Over Border Dispute
National Mwisintoto Front bring motions in both houses in attempt to trigger new elections

Monday 3rd April, 4487
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Chairman of the Council of Ministers Kanyo Bane has announced his resignation this morning after it became clear his government had lost the confidence of both houses of the National Assembly. Bane, leader of the Hosian Democratic Party, said that he would enter negotiations with other political parties to attempt to form a caretaker administration but it is thought unlikely that he will be successful. The loss of confidence was the result of junior coalition partners the National Mwisintoto Fronts' refusal to compromise on a key peace of legislation relating to the opening up of the Hanzen border.

Front leader Babatunde Akin was hopeful that a compromise could be reached over the weekend but after a crisis meeting in the capital, Niry Ifedimouni, it became clear that the Hosian Democrats were not willing to back down. Pledged in their 4486 election manifesto, the legislation in question would lift current restrictions which prevent non-citizens from crossing from Hanzen into Ntoto. Akin said that his party opposed any legislation which would, in his words, "enable the Asli population of the nation to be diluted".

With the government fallen, it remains to be seen whether the other parties in the National Assembly can negotiate to form a coalition. Members of the National Mwisintoto Front in both houses have drafted motions for immediate fresh elections but in order for these to pass, they will require a two-thirds majority. Both the Hosian Democrats and the second largest party in the State Assembly, the Centrist and Nationalist Alliance, have stated they will work to try and form a new government rather than have a third election in five years.
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Postby Maxington » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:58 pm

Igniting the flame for closer regional integration
Ntotan HoG to discuss regional integration with Midway, Utemban Heads of Government
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Chief Minister of Ntoto, Jeneba Gassama during the initial phases of the pre-organisation negotiations.
13th February, 4549.

Chief Minister Jeneba Gassama has entered pre-organisational negotiations on the prospect of closer integration between Ntoto, Midway and Utembo. The nation's first female Chief Minister has been a strong proponent of regional integration and the prospects associated with its conceptualisation. Now, she intends on pushing the product of closer regional integration between the three nations after it became clear that there is an increased need for regional integration. Ntoto is rapidly becoming a major force for economic development in the "Third World" having benefited immensely from the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative. Whilst the Zardic Institute for International Affairs may not recognise the nation's development underneath the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative, Chief Minister Gassama stated that it was not important as the citizenry had expressed their satisfaction with the fact that relative economic development exists within the nation and will continue to exist as long as the nation maintains its relative stability and the stream of minor investment either continues or expands.

During the meeting of the three TW leaders, it was decided that the adoption/formation of a single market economy would be pushed. A single market is an agreement between several nations which attempts to make trading between members as easy as possible. The concept to be pushed by the Ntotan Government is founded on the belief that trade between members would see a removal of taxes, tariffs and quotas placed on trade goods and services. Currently, not many TW nations have agreements in the removal of tariffs and taxes. As a result, goods originating from these nations are more expensive and less appealing to the Dovanian market, especially those looking to import goods from these nations. An estimate by the Kazulian Developmental Assistance Agency states that tariffs and quotas back and forward could cost Ntoto, Midway and Utembo around $3 Billion LOD annually. According to a fellow at the Trond Henrichsen Institute for International Affairs, the reason nations impose tariffs on imports is because it protects local production. By placing tariffs on foreign products, makes said goods more expensive than those offered locally, thus encouraging people to purchase from the now cheaper local suppliers.

By forming a single market, there will be virtually no limit to the numbers of goods a member state can sell to another within the market itself. Currently, nations are able to bar the amount of goods entering their nations with the expressed purpose of protecting local production. The single market will also allow for the free movement of people, capital and services and also works to prevent non tariff restrictions. Having different rules and requirements as would be promoted by non tariff restrictions would make international trade harder. Through the formation of standardised rules, trade would be easier as it allows for an even playing field. It would mean that all nations within the single market will have to abide by the same regulations and nations will not be able to get ahead by exploiting workers and having low safety standards. It is expected that Chief Minister Gassama and her Midwegian and Utemban counterparts will sign agreements next year, thus forming the aforementioned single market.
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