АЏП, Autumn 2014

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Ăзвеі • Ăzvei • Autumn 2014

Isăk Toŕŕek appointed governor of Pruteźiś Krais

(12 December) - The ministry of domestic affairs announced the appointment of Isăk Toŕŕek (Secializdźiś) as new governor of Pruteźiś Krais. He will succeed the incumbent governor, Elene Śaporŏv-Maðiasśŭn, in January 2015. Ms Śaporŏv (62) announced last week that she planned to step down for health reasons as soon as possible. Since the local parliament of Pruteźiś Krais is currently dominated by a Secializdźiś-led coalition, the new governor is a member of that party. Mr Toŕŕek is a former local school director and entrepreneur, who is also the owner of the car tyre factory in Ĺośħue.

Reconstruction eastern part of Ashtinok 'according to schedule'

(10 December) - The minister of housing Mr Ćĕnza Jorvak (AVŎD) together with the governor of Kŏpunceźiś Krais Mr Juvan Aćańuk visited Ŏvŭbaśe, the eastern part of Ashtinok, today in order to check on the progress that has been made so far with the reconstruction of that part of the capital. A large part of the area had been in a bad state since before the 1990 independence, and the government of Ereh Ħĭnzei (2007 - 2010) decided that it had to be demolished and rebuilt completely.

The plans caused a lot of controversy among the people living in Ŏvŭbaśe, as they felt that they weren't sufficiently informed and compensated for the trouble of finding another space to live. Đĕdrik Pasavihei, the architect who redesigned the entire section, was murdered after the demolition of the old houses started in 2009 and the Ħĭnzei-government fell subsequently.

The reconstruction went on however and most of the area is now one large building site. Most of the old buildings have been removed and in the northwestern part of the city quarter, a few new houses have already been constructed. "The renovation will occur from the northwest to the southeast and is proceding according to schedule until now", minister Jorvak said. "The first people will be able to return to Ŏvŭbaśe in the spring of 2015; the entire operation should be finished before 2020."

Centre-left opposition party Ĕrevi Śviveź called however on the government to do more to compensate the original inhabitants. "The majority of the people who lived there were already struggling to make their ends meet; this whole operation pushed a lot of them under the poverty line", ĔŚ leader Maðias Ŕaskeź said. "The reconstruction will give the capital a more modern image, but so far it has been a betrayal to its own population. We urge the minister to make the necessary improvements."

Party conference Bloc-Ħĭnzei postponed

(29 November) - A scheduled party conference of Bloc-Ħĭnzei has been postponed amid internal disagreement about the election of the new leader. Although it was expected by some that former president Ăŕva Bekina would be the only candidate, his vague actions around the presidential elections made many party members wonder if he is still the right man to lead their party. Several alternative candidates have been mentioned and the once prominent party, which has only three seats left in the current Dume, seems to be deeply divided. The controversy surrounding Bekina is only growing, as he has refused to speak to the press since he stepped down as president and only addresses fellow party members behind closed doors, and many wonder what this mysterious behaviour is all about. In the meantime, former minister of foreign affairs and current governor of Ĕnćev Valaźiś Krais Astrid Kŭćma has been steadily collecting support to either get elected party leader or to split off and create a new party, while individual party members, some of them prominent, terminated their membership and joined other parties, particularly to the benefit of the right-wing Trŏśtan Frentciŕ party.

In other news, the two senior government parties Secializdźiś and AVŎD decided not to change the current division of minister portfolios, although Pavoĺ Raikonen (S), the minister for culture, tourism, and disaster management, has to 'share' the latter with the minister of domestic affairs Măććeib Sokolŏv-Ăħćvei (A) from now on, with a possible complete transfer of the portfolio to minister Sokolŏv in 2015.

Kaupelan hit by earthquake

(4 November) - The Adzhatian government has offered assistance to the kingdom of Kaupelan, which was severely hit by an earthquake yesterday. According to the latest news updates, personal and material losses are great. President Kataŕine Matuś offered her condolences to the government and the people of the country, saying that the thoughts of the people of Adzhatia are with them.

Kataŕine Matuś takes office as president

(11 October) - During a short ceremony of one hour, Kataŕine Matuś took office as President of the Adzhatian State this morning. Although she is the seventh head of state since the country's independence, she is only the third who bears the title President of the Adzhatian State, which was introduced when the 2006 constitution was adopted.

In the meantime, the government two major coalition parties Secializdźiś and AVŎD haven't agreed yet on a possible change of the government composition, after the latter party's significant increase in seats during the parliamentary elections that were held last month. Secializdźiś has expressed reluctancy giving AVŎD an extra minister portfolio, and only wants to agree to it if Secializdźiś doesn't loose a portfolio in the process. Dividing one of the portfolios AVŎD already has or creating a new portfolio would be acceptable for Secializdźiś, but AVŎD fears that despite the fact that it will have an extra portfolio, it will be very unimportant. According to unconfirmed reports, some AVŎD members would however be willing to accept the creation of a new minister of Democratic Affairs, Equal Rights and Society. Democratic Affairs is currently part of the justice minister's portfolio, Equal Rights is part of the education minister's portfolio; both are held by AVŎD ministers. Society is however part of the portfolio of the environment minister Slava Cħvoukićei, who is a member of the junior coalition party DZ-P (Green Party). The question is if the latter party would accept being involved in what is essentially a quarrel between Secializdźiś and AVŎD.

AVŎD wants extra minister after parliamentary election victory

(28 September) - During yesterday's parliamentary election for the regionally elected seats of the Dume, the liberal party AVŎD and the communist party NKP gained 10 resp. 8 seats and are therefore the clear winners of this election. Despite the fact that the total amount of regionally elected seats was increased from 27 to 45 during these elections, the largest government party Secializdźiś lost three seats, but it will remain the largest party in the Dume. The NSP, the New Socialdemocrat Party, managed to enter the Dume for the first time, while the centre-right PDA lost the three seats it had left.

The difference between government coalition partners Secializdźiś and AVŎD has decreased from 30 to only 17 seats, which prompted the liberal party to ask that a Secializdźiś minister be exchanged for an AVŎD minister. Ŕanije Erijeź, the leader of the Secializdźiś, said that although she acknowledged AVŎD's victory, the victory of the AVŎD candidate in the presidential elections, who was supported by the entire government, should also be taken into account. AVŎD-leader Ŕedian Bŏcaneź however stated that the people requested more AVŎD in national politics, so a more balanced division of the minister portfolios in the goverment would be the required answer to that request. Prime minister Eigĕń Hameen (Secializdźiś) only commented that the coalition parties will discuss the results of the election in the next couple of weeks and that they will decide at that moment what kind of response will be necessary to these results.

Kataŕine Matuś to be next president of the Adzhatian State

(28 September) - Former justice minister Kataŕine Matuś-Ħememiemei (AVŎD) will be the next president of the Adzhatian State. This is the result of the presidential election that was held yesterday in order to determine who will be the successor of incumbent president Ăŕva Bekina, who surprisingly declined a second term in office. According to the electoral committee, Ms Matuś was the first candidate to cross the 50% threshold. Earlier, writer Ereh Maććok gained the most first preference votes, but only reached 36%, after which the candidate who gained the lowest amount of first preference votes, Feliks Ħceŕćvei, was excluded from further counting; his second preference votes were distributed across the other candidates. Only when the next candidate with the lowest amount of votes, Ăŕva Ośŕoncei, was eliminated, one of the remaining candidates managed to gain more than 50% of the votes.

In her victory speech, Ms Matuś said she will focus on preserving peace and stability in the country and maintaining a good relationship with both the European Union and Russia, despite the fact that this may seem to require a lot of effort in the current political situation in Europe, referring to the civil war in Ukraine and the sanctions of several European countries against Russia.

The new president will be inaugurated on Saturday 11 October 2014.