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Welsh voters give greater powers to local assembly

Welsh voters give greater powers to local assembly

Voters in Wales have approved plans to give their national assembly new lawmaking powers.
Results Friday showed voters in a referendum approving the change by a 2-1 margin. First Minister Carwyn Jones said there had been "a yes vote across the whole of Wales."
Wales has had its own assembly, distinct from the British Parliament in London, since 1999. Scotland and Northern Ireland also have their own legislatures.
Unlike the Scottish parliament, which controls large policy areas including justice, health and education, the Welsh assembly has had to apply to London for permission to pass a law.
Now it will be able to legislate directly in areas including education and health.
Turnout in Thursday's referendum was about 35 percent.


Updated : 2021-10-21 06:51 GMT+08:00