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    The English People's Congress promised a firm line over a power-sharing deal with northern separatists today. ft.com/content/dca43e…

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    Elsewhere, concerns grew over a growing sectarian divide in polls held in another area of the restive region. ft.com/content/298300…

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    The faction-riven EPC handling of exit from a regional development community is exacerbating concern over the state's territorial viability.

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    In a plea for unity, the prime minister - who took power in summer after years as interior minister - said “at heart we are one people."

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    The English People's Congress is planning a "massive transfer" of power to the executive, embattled lawmakers said. publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ld…

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    The warning comes as the country's legislative council is resisting EPC attempts to convert it into a rubber-stamp. ft.com/content/e2bb05…

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    Despite the unelected body usually being pliant through patronage, the standoff points to the decay of elite consensus in the fragile state.

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  3. Separatists in the north launched another independence bid today, warning that the English People's Congress may hold power into the 2030s.

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    The separatists' leader said that southern politicians had been given “every opportunity to compromise”: ft.com/content/2b2bb2…

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    A purged former finance minister - and ruling party politician - secured editorial control of a newspaper in the country's capital today.

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    Hardliners pressured the embattled finance minister to default on obligations they regard as illegitimate. twitter.com/duncanrobinson…

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    As separatists gain ground, relations with the region are increasingly focused on avoiding triggers for secession. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/2…

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    The country's premier pleaded with its northwestern province not to secede today. She also sent a letter to leaders of a regional union.

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    Despite hardliners' sabre-rattling, the premier did not rule out talks over sovereignty of an overseas semi-enclave. twitter.com/SkyNewsBreak/s…

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    THIS JUST IN: Tensions are running high in the capital as the country's premier, beset by regional unrest, prepares a significant statement.

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    Some analysts speculated that the ruling party could announce early elections to tighten its grip on power and crush a divided opposition.

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    (Kremlinologists noted the lack of an official state seal on the premier's podium as a coded signal towards early elections.)

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    In calling the election, the premier attacked splittist forces causing divisions in the country's sclerotic legislature.

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    Some analysts believe this reflects a plebiscitary turn in the country's politics as stresses mount on its ramshackle constitution.

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  8. A liberal opponent of the premier within the ruling party stepped down as a legislator. He will retain editorial control of a mouthpiece.

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    LOCAL COLOUR: A journalist association in the capital hailed the state supreme leader as a "beacon of stability". londonpressclub.co.uk/2017/04/27/que…

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    The premier railed against foreign interference by western governments in elections widely expected to rubber-stamp her hold on power.

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    Regime rhetoric - allegedly crafted by a western PR firm - has been promoting a personality cult around the "strong and stable" premier.

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    Analysts say this latest heightening of tensions has come after regional leaders called on the country to honour its financial obligations.

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    The English People's Congress re-absorbed backers of a breakaway faction in local polls that extended its grip over all levels of the state.

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    American 'disaster tourists' are being attracted to visiting the country amid its crisis. nytimes.com/times-journeys…

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    ELSEWHERE: Turmoil in the country's ally, after its eccentric strongman purged an anti-corruption police chief. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

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    The English People's Congress said "we will need a state that is strong and strategic" in an ideological communique issued ahead of polls.

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    "Under the strong and stable leadership of [Premier] May, there will be no ideological crusades," the ruling party added.

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    The EPC also announced a "shared prosperity fund" in a bid to bribe restive regions of the country away from seceding.

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    Alarms were raised over rumours the premier is about to purge the finance minister over a factional dispute. ft.com/content/226f68…

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    As tensions mount ahead of a crunch election, I've flown in to report from the country's muggy riverside capital.

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    An example of slogans used by the beleaguered urban opposition.

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    In the tense hours before polls close, voting has been peaceful here in Poole, a beachfront township in a rural province near the capital.

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    THIS JUST IN: exit polls predicted the country was on a course for another of its occasional unstable coalition governments.

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    Would northern separatists work with the opposition Workers Representation Committee to unseat the English People's Congress ruling party?

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    Alternatively (if polls are correct) the EPC may have to work with pro-federal groups in the restive northwest to maintain its rule.

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    Even a slim majority could re-ignite factional chaos within the EPC despite politburo purges by Premier May.

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    Continued political chaos could be expected as the country tends to hold elections or plebiscites at a rate of one a year.

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    Analysts said the EPC may yet eke out a 30-100 (out of 650 seats) majority, reflecting how little is truly known about hinterland voters.

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    SWEEP PARA: With days to go before threatened conflict with 27 of its near neighbours, political instability again swept the country of--

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    An attempt to overthrow Premier May showed signs of already beginning in the notoriously factional English People's Congress.

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    In a sign of a robust democratic culture, voters had little patience for the premier's 'every vote makes me stronger' strongwoman politics.

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    "What the country needs is certainty," the premier said, relying on a few religious rightists outside the ruling party to maintain her grip.

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    Factions in the English People's Congress have brutally reasserted themselves after last week's polls shook the party's claim to rule.

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    A rare window on the self-criticism sessions enforced by the ruling party's commissariat.
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    Grim-faced Theresa May greeted by a modest 25 seconds of table-banging, which swelled into some cheering, but no chanting. #1922

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    There are concerns the ruling party's attempt to govern with the People's Elect of God Faction could interfere with a local peace process.

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