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Odd Republic Resigns from Speakership; Liberal Progressive Party Approval Plummets International, Domestic, and Polling Report - William V. McDonald
The Republic of the Odd two days ago officially resigned from the Speakership the Social Liberal Union in a stunning move. The action was triggered by the removal of an official vote in the Open Parliament for a minor Constitutional error by the bill-writer, the government of Anaaxes, in the poll options (the use of "Aye" instead of "Yea" was initially cited, in addition to a retroactive citation of the author's choice to include the poll's conclusion, contrary to the Speaker's ability to end voting).
Prime Minister and Acting President Emmanuel Arymous today held a press conference on the matter, in a state between crying and flushing, explaining the decisions both to suspend the vote and to resign as Speaker of the Union. In a pre-questioning brief he stated: "The decision to suspend the vote was not made by myself, it was made by that [Arymous stumbled over his words and narrowly avoided an expletive at this point] freaking Minister of Foreign Affairs. Upon delivering the decision to myself, I immediately sacked him, and intend to press charges for circumvention of governmental executive authority. I sat in my office a while, deciding my action in response to the awful move, and eventually got the Speakership resignation papers from my desk, writing reasons, which as you know were published."
When asked if the Odd Republic would in future run for any position in the Social Liberal Union, Arymous stated, "That has yet to be decided, but I can assure you that the OR [common shorthand for the Odd Republic] will not run either during the remainder of this year or until we have competent staff in the leadership roles at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs." The Odd Republic has not had a Minister of Foreign Affairs last more than two weeks since the Minister was Ian Shalev himself, with nineteen Ministers since Shalev.
In terms of approval, the resignation was of incredible significance. The ruling Liberal Progressive Party took an approval nosedive, with 78 percent approval and 10 percent disapproval on 6 August, but 43 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval yesterday. Liberals, under Former President Olivia Guatam, opened the nation up to international cooperation, and she commanded the Odd Republic as it won the Speakership. (Political parties were, at the time, outlawed.) Approval of the main conservative party, the Conservative Progressives, only rose from 8 percent to 12 percent, likely because approval for international cooperation is at an all time high.
President-elect Alice Marion told reporters that "While I am very disappointed in our government right now, I understand [Arymous'] choices and agree on when it may be appropriate to seek high international office once more."
Thorne Inaugurated, Marion and Arymous on Way Home, Shuttling of SLU Leaders Begins Political Report - William V. McDonald 15th of August, 2017 Common Era
James Thorne of Austerain was today inaugurated in Austerain, and thus PM Emmanuel Arymous and President-elect Alice Marion are on their way back to the Odd Republic for Marion's own inauguration. At the request of the Prime Minister, the People's Parliament officially approved a bill setting the special term start of Marion to a week from today, as promised upon Marion's surprise victory.
The government is providing to SLU leaders a shuttle from Austraton to Los Angeles International Port, after which leaders will be taken from LAIP by the Tubeway [hyperloop] to Ramelium. It is provided because so many leaders are currently in Austerain for President Thorne's inauguration. The service is available to heads of state, heads of government, their deputies, other high-ranking national officials, and diplomats.
Marion is scheduled tomorrow to deliver her Pre-presidential Address to a session of the Parliament, where she names MPs to the Cabinet. The address includes a plethora of comedic acts, for reasons which shall be adjoined to an article on the address. None of the President-elect's picks are yet known or predicted.