ABELDANE EMPIRE (DM) – Acting Vorsitzender Michael Brazeau, who took over following the resignation of former Vorsitzender Henry Twain, was defeated today during the ongoing election for a new Vorsitzender.
The general election itself returned a 25%/25%/25%/25% split between the four candidates, Michael Brazeau (Conservative), Patrick Renwick (Democratic-Liberty), Will McCracken (Independence) and Leuven Nieuwemaan (Edge).
This led to the Emperor turning over the election to the Reichsversammlung, the national legislature, which is still in session.
Despite the Acting Vorsitzender insisting that a Brazeau victory would be an “upset”, similar to the shock election victory of the Independence Party’s Henry Twain, the Reichsversammlung disagreed; only four lawmakers cast votes in Mr. Brazeau’s name, eliminating him from the running. Mr. Nieuwemaan was also defeated.
The remaining two candidates are moved into the second round of the runoff election for Vorsitzender, with the one candidate able to achieve a majority of votes from legislators to be made Vorsitzender after the emergency session to appoint the head of government is concluded. Acting Vorsitzender Brazeau has conceded the election, and in the second round cast his vote for Mr. McCracken.
Mr. McCracken also has the support of both the Emperor and the Speaker of the Reichsversammlung, Horatio Eden.
So far, and at press time, Mr. McCracken leads narrowly with only a one vote edge over his DLP opponent Patrick Renwick. However, the Vorsitzender must, under the Emperor’s rules, achieve a majority of votes from 3/4 of the legislature’s membership in order to win and be appointed.