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You are listening to MN1620, Serai Batu Central Broadcast News Network.

This is Batzorig Otryad reporting. The time is now 07:34 MCST.

The first democratic elections in the history of Golden Horde were held this week. The elections come as the result of the constitution granted by the king earlier this year, which granted limited power to the newly created legislature, after pressure from pro-democracy groups, lead to widespread protests throughout capital.

The votes have been tabulated and the results of this week's elections are now final. The People's Royalist Party won a total of 411 seats in the Kurultai, making it the single largest party. The United Democratic Front won 9 seats, the New Theocratic Party won 58 seats, the Mongolian Communist Party won 10 seats, 12 representatives were elected without party affiliations. The outcome of the election is has been seen widely by supporters of the monarchy as vindication of king's policies.

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New Kaurultai gets to work. The newly formed legislature began its work immediately. The opening session of the 1st Kurultai, saw the introduction of two new pieces of legislation that would bring change to people of the Golden Horde. Legislation implementing a national drinking age of 21 years of age was passed by the Kurultai and approved by the king. A second piece of legislation introduced by the New Theocratic Party was voted down after it failed to gain support from other parties.

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New Construction throughout Sarai Batu. King Tokhta Kahn IV allocated funds from the royal treasury in order to modernize the free state, and make it competitive on an international level. Construction began throughout Sarai Batu earlier this month and as work begins on a new network of public services infrastructure. Among the projects undertaken by the Royal Corp of Engineers, a network of schools, a national university, new medical, and public safety buildings are now underway. Additionally work has commenced on new rail and road networks that will link people of the Golden Horde from more remote parts of the Free State to the capital.

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Piracy plagues the Mongolian Free State's south coast. Piracy is becoming a problem for the fisherman and seafarers of the along the Golden Horde's southern coast. In the past month pirates have seized over a dozen merchant vessels. The estimated costs of lost shipping is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Local officials have stated that piracy is not a problem in the southern straights and failed to cope with the problem. The Royal Navy fleet stationed at the southern port city of Azaq has been helpless to deter pirates for lack of sufficient interceptor vessels. Additional Royal Navy vessels are being dispatched from the Eastern Fleet's home port at Sarai Batu in order to police the southern straights.

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You are listening to MN1620, this has been a Serai Batu Central Broadcast News newscast.

This is Batzorig Otryad signing off.

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