АЏП, Spring 2013

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Ашеж • Aśeź • Spring 2013

Early elections on 6 July

(21 May) - After a few days of speculation, Ŕanije Erijeź, leader of the party Secializdźiś, announced today that the government coalition parties (Secializdźiś, AVŎD and Bloc-Ħĭnzei) decided to hold early elections on Saturday 6 July. The 115 proportionally elected members of the Dume will be renewed then. Bloc-Ħĭnzei gave in to pressure of mainly the Secializdźiś and its leader Ħarman Ćĕrðanei announced that although the time of slightly more than a month is rather short, it will be used by the party to clean its candidate list, to ensure the party loyalty of the party's members of the Dume during the next legislature. The party of former president and prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei is experiencing large internal difficulties and could lose a lot of seats.

Ms. Erijeź told the press that the main reason to hold elections now, is to create the possibility to form a more stable government; currently, the ruling parties have a mere 71 seats of the 141 occupied seats. She also confirmed that the current prime minister, Eigĕń Hameen, will be the party's candidate to succeed himself if Secializdźiś will be in a position to provide the prime minister.

Some opposition parties, mainly Trŏśtan Frentciŕ, accused the ruling parties of gambling with the people's democratic rights. They also criticised the short time to campaign.

(Update 30 May) - A day before the official deadline for parties to register for the election, seventeen parties have confirmed that they will participate. Starting Saturday, the election committee will have one week to check whether all registrations follow the rules. In the mean time, it is almost certain that the Trŏśtan Frentciŕ election campaign will be lead by ms. Lere Baśćŏt (48), who was until recently the headmistress of the Ashtinok National Middle School for Girls (Аштінокане Валтеіче Жарзе Нанве Школча); there are no other candidates. Ms. Baśćŏt is known for her nationalist, anti-feminist and often xenophobic ideas and enjoys popularity among parents who prefer a strict education for their daughters.

'Government toys with idea of holding early elections'

(11 May) - According to sources within the social-democratic party Secializdźiś, the government is considering holding early elections. This was written by the newspaper Adźaciaisa Prăvda (AP) this morning. The government coalition has had a very narrow majority of only 71 seats of 141 in the Dume since June last year after parliament members of AVŎD and Bloc-Ħĭnzei left these parties and formed the so called Trŏśtan Frentciŕ (Thursday Front), and its members are allegedly thinking about taking their chances in new elections to secure a more stable majority.

The AP supposes however that it's the Secializdźiś who like this idea the most, as both AVŎD and Bloc-Ħĭnzei aren't at all doing well in opinion polls, which suggest that Bloc-Ħĭnzei could lose more than half of its seats. AP thinks that Secializdźiś has had enough of balancing around the parliamentary majority with two fellow coalition parties, the loyalty of whose members in parliament cannot exactly be called steady, as it remains to be seen whether or not any more desertions like last year will take place.

The question is whether the Adzhatian people will like going to the polls again, less than two years after the last time (not taking the 2012 elections for the parliament of the Exumbran Convention into account). Political experts predict that the turnout could be very low if parliamentary elections are hold already this year.

Guelphia admitted as eighth member state of FICT during 4 May General Assembly

(6 May) - During the General Assembly of FICT that was held last Saturday in Ashtinok, the kingdom of Guelphia was admitted as the organisation's eighth member state. Before the country will be a full-fledged member however, its people will have to approve the membership in a nation wide referendum. Apart from this, the General Assembly decided on some minor organisational matters, such as the countries that will host the main offices of the FICT Secretariats and FESD.

The more urgent decision on financing conditions of FESD was however postponed to the next General Assembly, as some member states felt that the subject required further discussion. For Yutyrama, that has announced to file a request for FESD funding for the expansion of Mateus Jutirá International Airport in Porto da Mata already in December 2012, the postponement will no doubt cause further unclarity and delay of its plans to speed up the economic development of the country.

Foreign affairs minister Astrid Kŭćma expressed however satisfaction with the outcome of the General Assembly. 'The fact that this summit evolved without much trouble and with the delegations agreeing on the major issues, is very commendable', she said. 'That proves that the Conference of Ambassadors is capable to sufficiently prepare the Assemblies, although it would be better if major issues were better prepared in the future to avoid them being postponed.'

During the summit, the news that the volcano Piton des Grandes Feux in Île de Romanhe had erupted reached the delegations and president Faroz-Zaran and prime minister Guimarc Bonamy hurried back to their country immediately after the conference. Pavoĺ Raikonen, our minister of tourism and disaster management, has offered assistance, should the people of Île de Romanhe need it.

Foreign affairs minister wants tighter FICT cooperation, as Ashtinok prepares for summit

(29 April) - Astrid Kŭćma, minister of foreign affairs, has called for a tighter cooperation between the member states of FICT and said that the next General Assembly of the organisation, which is planned to be held in the Adzhatian capital of Ashtinok early next month, should informally discuss ways to achieve this. 'FICT has existed almost two years, but very little has been accomplished', she said. 'A lot of delay has been caused by the fact that the organisation effectively had to be founded twice, as the first time resulted into the disastrous first summit in Dhram Phá in April last year. The internal crisis of Tarmorya didn't help either to have FICT focus on its proper tasks. We should change that very soon!' According to the minister, projects such as the intended multi-national airline that was initiated by Adzhatian, Yukkish and Kronenburg give a good example of such cooperation and should be encouraged by FICT. She remained silent about the fact that it was the Adzhatian government that frustrated the first attempts last year to create the aforementioned airline, and some opposition parties mooted the minister's sincerity.

In the mean time, Ashtinok has started some preparations for the summit. The National Library has been chosen to host the meeting and security forces are screening the building to make sure that the safety of the guests will be guaranteed. The building was constructed in 1950 in a postconstructivist style by the now mostly forgotten Adzhatian architect Maksimiĺĺian Berisĕvskie (ca. 1910 - 1974) and completely renovated between 2002 and 2005.

Bugănskie steps down as FICT Secretary General

(21 March) - According to schedule, the Adzhatian ambassador to FICT, mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, has stepped down as Secretary General of the Conference of Ambassadors to make place for mr. Cyprien Mâchefer, the ambassador of Île de Romanhe.

For mr. Mâchefer there is the task of overseeing the developments in the civil war torn member state of Tarmorya, where a peace process was initiated in the last couple of months thanks to FICT mediation. Some Adzhatian politicians openly asked whether it was appropriate that FICT will now be headed by the Ilyaroman ambassador, whereas it is the current prime minister of that country who was appointed mediator; some see a conflict of interest, while others ask themselves if Île de Romanhe is not too small a country to be able to assume so much international responsibility.

Another, though smaller, task is the growing interest in FICT of the kingdom of Guelphia. Most Adzhatian politicians however do not expect that country to join the organisation before the end of mr. Mâchefer's term, in which case, it will fall under the responsibilities of his successor, probably the ambassador of Kaupelan.

The Secretary General normally chairs the Conference for a period of six months and is rotated between the ambassadors based on the alphabetic order of the official country names in English of the member states of FICT. The Vice Secretary General is appointed by a similar system, but in the reverse alphabatic order; of course one person cannot be Secretary General and Vice Secretary General at the same time, in which case the VSG skips to the next ambassador. The Adzhatian ambassador may become Secretary General again somewhere in 2016.