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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 20 October, 2002

Referendum too close to call

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Since polls closed their doors at 21:00 Saturday, the counting teams have been working around the clock tallying what is believed to be the closest referendum outcome in Fyksland's history. Neither the 'yes' or 'no' side is leading by a significant margin, according to election officials. Authorities say they are not releasing the results from the preliminary count, and have ordered a nation-wide manual recount. The official results are expected to be released Monday morning at the earliest. Full story...

Monday, 21 October, 2002

Fyksland narrowly approves EU enlargement

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland has narrowly ratified the Nice Treaty after Saturday's referndum, paving the way for European Union enlargement. The final results after a manual recount were announced early Monday. With just under 39 percent of voter turnout, 51.4 percent voted in favour of ratifying the treaty -- 1,042,392 votes to 969,384 (47.8 percent). The closest results since the 1994 referendum when Fyksland's membership in the EU was in question, the EU opponents again blame the results on low turnout and ambiguous referendum question. There were as much as 16,213 spoiled ballots, according to election officials. Full story...

Europe hails Fyksian vote

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - The European Union heaved a sigh of relief and welcomed the Fyksian referendum decision to ratify the Treaty of Nice. The treaty allows for EU enlargement to proceed, though hurdles still remain before the wealthy bloc can admit the mostly ex-communist applicant countries. The 10 candidate states -- Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia and Malta -- are preparing to join the bloc in 2004. Full story...

Tuesday, 22 October, 2002

Referendum recount an embarrassment: Opposition

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson was underfire today as opposition was blaming the referendum recount on the Christian Democratic Party. Opposition leader Riet Skoetli on Tuesday claimed Stotson's party was responsible for the poorly staged election and is causing "an international embarrassment" for Fyksland. "I'm not suggesting Stotson is anti-EU, but her party must not interfere with European integration in favour of her own agenda," said Skoetli. Full story...

Wednesday, 23 October, 2002

Fyksland eyes IWC membership

KAANSÄ (VKK) - After leaving the International Whaling Commission a decade ago in protest against the 1986 worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling, Fyksland is now sorting to rejoin the organisation. Aiming for observer status in the organisation by 2003, Fyksland must impose a ban on commercial whaling and export of whale products. Fyksland is expected to negotiate with the commission on the re-adherence on the convention. Full story...

Thursday, 24 October, 2002

Engineers could face criminal charges

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A team of engineers employed by the City of Ælsä is under investigation following last month's fatal collapse at the "Spaghetti Junction" that killed 16 people and injured 113. The inquiry, conducted following the tragedy just over a month ago, found the "inadequate" design of the structures was partly responsible for the mass failure of the interchange system. Inquiry findings also indicated the on-ramps did not have adequate build-in safety factors for speeding vehicles. Full story...

Friday, 25 October, 2002

Fyksland to honour Bali victims

KAANSÄ (VKK) - King Jaakot IV is to be among 1,500 people attending a memorial service for the 11 Fyksian killed in the Bali bombings nearly two weeks ago. The King, Queen Sara and Princess Irene, took part in the service at St. Mark's Cathedral in the capital on Friday, the VKK reported. Five Fyksian have been confirmed dead by Indonesian authorities and another six are still missing and presumably dead following the huge explosions outside the Sari nightclub in Bali on October 12. Full story...

Saturday, 26 October, 2002

Two dead as gales whip Fyksland

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Two people have died and millions of krons worth of damage has been incurred as gales lashed Fyksland late Saturday night. Winds of about 110 kph ripped across parts of the country, bringing down trees and rooftops as well as bringing the transport system to a halt. The worst of the damage was in the south where the strongest wind of 154.2 kph, was recorded at Ritenshoven, in Jølantä. The adverse weather has been caused by a low pressure front moving in from the west Atlantic. The system is expected to gather strength over the northeastern Atlantic before landing on the continent on Sunday. Full story...

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