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Tuesday, April 6, 1999 Published at 17:37 GMT 18:37 UK


The Welsh Assembly



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

History of Welsh devolution

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From the early 15th century until the 1960s, Wales has been a integral part of the United Kingdom. Its first attempt at self rule is as much a product of Welsh cultural identity as historical circumstance.



How the voting system works

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The Welsh Assembly electoral system contain an element of proportional representation and the traditional UK system. Find out how to cast your ballot here.



The men who would be leader

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The Welsh Assembly will have limited powers but that hasn't stemmed competition for the post of first secretary. We profile the top contenders.



Structure, functions and powers of the parliament

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






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