Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, said the killing of Mowaffaq al-Hamdani, a candidate on the “Iraq for Us” list in Mosul who was reportedly shot dead in a café on Wednesday, represents “the worst kind of election violence” and should not be tolerated.In a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which Mr. de Mistura heads, he noted there has been other election-related violence in Mosul in the past 10 days, including raids and attacks against candidates of the Hadba party.“Campaign violence in Iraq must not be allowed to intimidate candidates or interfere with the right of every Iraqi to exercise their vote on 31 January,” the Special Representative said, noting the date set for the provincial elections.The UN is assisting Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), which is responsible for preparing and conducting elections – beginning with the provincial polls slated for 31 January and culminating with parliamentary elections in 2009-2010. 1 January 2009The top United Nations official in Iraq today condemned the latest incident in a series of election-related violence in the northern city of Mosul, in which a political candidate was murdered ahead of the provincial polls scheduled for later this month.
UK car manufacturing broke all-time export records in 2012, with volumes sent overseas exceeding 1.2 million, up 8% on last year. Total vehicle output increased 8% last year to 1.58 million units, the highest level since 2008.Car output rose 9% in 2012 to 1.46 million units, ending the year with a 6% rise in December.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “2012 was a very good year for UK car production with record levels of exports and volumes at their highest since 2008.“The outlook for 2013 remains positive with demand in many faster growing global markets offsetting the continued weakness in European economies. The £6 billion of investment committed to UK facilities, new model programmes and R&D signals a bright future and many new opportunities for companies in the supply chain. These remain extremely challenging times and it is essential industry and government continue to work together to secure long-term industrial growth.”UK automotive manufacturing dataBusiness Secretary Vince Cable said, “News that UK car production increased by 9% in 2012 and exports are at record levels is a great tribute to our manufacturing strengths, particularly in the face of challenging trading conditions in Europe and strong international competition.“The UK is achieving success by making products that are in demand across the world. We have a diverse and innovative automotive sector with some of the most productive plants in the world and a flexible, skilled and committed workforce.“The government is creating a highly supportive business environment to ensure that UK manufacturers continue to flourish as well as encouraging further investment in the UK automotive sector, including the supply chain.“There is no room for complacency and to build on this competitive advantage we are working jointly with the auto sector on a long term industrial strategy.”CV and Engine manufacturing factsCV output fell 6.8% in the year and was down 18.9% in December.UK engine production remained stable, down just 0.3% in 2012, with December dipping 0.8%.CV and engine manufacturing output last year reflects weak demand in European economies as instability in the eurozone and fresh austerity measures impact on consumer confidence.The outlook for UK automotive manufacturing is good with global demand remaining strong and UK facilities building on the significant investment committed to them in recent years.Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release for December 2012 (full year data).If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)