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Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 20:52 GMT 21:52 UK


The Scottish Parliament



BBC News Online's guide to understanding the context, the powers, the methods and the people involved in the elections to the Scottish parliament.

History of Scottish devolution

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The new parliament is just the latest incarnation of Scottish desire for home rule. We chart the twists and turns of Scottish nationalism and political devolution.



How the voting system works

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Do you have to vote for a candidate belonging to the party you support at regional level? Find out how to cast your ballot here



The men who would be leader

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The excitement over the Scottish Parliament has encouraged competition for the post of First Minister. We profile the top contenders.



Structure, functions and powers of the parliament

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Who decides about Scottish agriculture? The economy? Find out here.






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