Austerain Intl Times- GLADSTONE WINS, AUSTERAIN VOTE ON SLU Apr 13, 2017 1:06:34 GMT New Ireland and Wales likes this
Post by Austerain on Apr 13, 2017 1:06:34 GMT
Austerain International Times
VETO OVERTURNED, GOVERNMENT SUES
For the first time in 20 years since the Puccini Chancellorship, the National Congress has overridden the Chancellor's veto of the Nuclear Arms Elimination Act by a 90-50 majority vote, triggering the end of Austerain's nuclear weapons program (National Nuclear Defense Command or NNDC for short). With the legislation now passed, the NNDC will no longer receive appropriations beginning on 30 April to give the nuclear weapons agency enough time to dismantle nuclear missiles and facilities. Not only does the legislation phase out nuclear weapons, but it allows the Government to sell remaining nuclear offensive missiles to SLU allies.
However, after the Speaker of Congress announced that the veto resolution had passed, Secretary of Law and Justice Stephen O'Brennen announced that the Government has filed litigation directly to the National High Court, claiming that Congress has "overstepped its constitutional and lawful boundaries over the Government's duty to national security". The court will hear the case, though legal experts predict that the government will lose the case. The first hearing of Versace v. National Congress of Austerain begins April 14, 2017 and the final decision will be handed down April 25, 2017.
Secretary of Defense Julia Warner said in a short statement that they will begin selling and transporting nuclear warheads to Anaaxes, Ainland, Kanoria, Avaerilon, and New Ireland and Wales as soon as "the decision to the Government's challenge in court is finalized".
Grand Chancellor Versace is reportedly infuriated by the passage of the resolution to overturn her veto by a close source as she begins her next day in the NIW state visit. Vice Chancellor Vandercraft, who is in Ramelium for the SLU Constitutional Summit, said to her press corps that she was "disappointed" by the latest developments and "hopefully that the court will make the right decision for Austerain's security".
Versace's political capital in Congress is collapsing, as Opposition Leader Delegate Henry Winthrop's (PDP-Pinth) proposal to mandate the Grand Chancellor's election upon majority of their party or by coalition in Congress instead of direct election has passed the Delegate Executive Select Committee and moves to the House of Delegates' floor for debate and voting. If passed, this would be a reform toward a parliamentary Congress with the Grand Chancellor's authority deriving like that of a prime minister; it would further chip away at Versace's power in Congress and her political future.