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[UPDATED] LibCon Controversy: RUMP reactions

In response to Senator Rôibeardescù stated openness to discussions about his political future with both the TSP and RUMP, RUMP party leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC remarked that “clearly you should decide what principles are important to you”, and offered the RUMP manifesto from the 48th Cosa general election for the Senator’s consideration.

Responding to criticism that his action was precipitate, and to the ongoing uncertainty over the legal status of the Senator’s actions during the BEER Affair, Sir Alexandreu stated that “I rather like the opportunity to advertise the RUMP’s wonderful slate of issues and people!”,  and that “we’d love to have Txosue’s vote in the next election! He has his full franchise as a citizen, and we want him to vote to support RUMP goals and ideals: it’s the best path for the country!” Referring to the prospect of criminal charges against the Senator, Sir Alexander said “I’m not really sure how I feel about Txosue, though… I do note that your Government has decided not to bring any criminal charges… so you can’t really think he’s all that bad!”

Pressing the latter issue along with party colleague Sir Cresti Siervicül MC, Sir Alexandreu called on Senator Schivâ to explain why to her knowledge no criminal prosecution was brought against Senator Rôibeardescù for what she describes as corruption. He claimed that clarification was needed “since we’re getting two different stories from Government officials”.

Party colleague Sir Cresti Siervicül MC stated that he agreed with the assessment of Senator Schivâ that successful prosecution of any offences related to the BEER Affair was unlikely. In his opinion a narrow construction of the statutes made prosecution in this case unwise, and that he believed in “using criminal prosecution only reluctantly and as a last resort.”

LibCon Controversy: FDA reaction

Speaking in response to the Senators accusations of haste and lack of consultation, LibCon party secretary Françal Ian Lux claimed that the Senator’s allegations were “unfounded”. S:reu Lux further stated that, contrary to the Senator’s assertions, internal communcation was thorough and “if you read the emails we’ve all shared, you should know everything you needed to”. S:reu Lux also rejected the accusation that LibCon did not have internal democracy, stating that “the people who voted aren’t Yes-men, they fully understand what we’re staking here”.

No immediate comment had been made by the Seneschal and LibCon party leader C. Carlüs Xheraltescù.

ZRT leader Senator Miestrà Schivâ called on Senator Rôibeardescù to “resign your seat, and stand in the resulting by-election if you think you can win it”, claiming that “if you want to be taken seriously in Talossan politics again (by those who believe in political ethics, that is), that is a must.”

criticised what she claimed was the apparent haste with which members of other parties, including the MRPT and the RUMP, sought to recruit the now-independent Senator Rôibeardescù. Calling on Distain Lüc da Schir to condemn any move to recruit the Senator into his party, she stated that “(it) doesn’t surprise me to see the completely amoral RUMP down in the gutter, but you guys are generally better.”

Senator Schivâ also claimed that the Seneschal had been “weaker” on the issue of expelling Senator Rôibeardescù than she had been, and accused the latter of being a “bribe-monger”. She however stated that in her opinion as a layperson a criminal prosecution could not be sustained against Senator Rôibeardescù for his role in the BEER Affair, and that she felt it was unlikely that an official prosecution would be brought.

LibCon Controvery: Rôibeardescù quits

Yesterday evening, Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù announced he was quitting the LibCon party, claiming that the party is “loosing its individuality, its sense of purpose” and that it was “no longer the party I helped create over a year ago”. The Senator, who was a founding member of the Liberal Congress, further stated that he was open to talks with both RUMP and TSP on joining their organisations. The Senator also insisted that he would not resign his Senate seat, and would resist any attempts to remove him from office by legal means, a reference to the still unresolved question of his criminal liability in the BEER Affair.

The controversial Senator, already expelled from the FDA for his role in the BEER Affair, sparked a lively controversy at the LibCon merger convention. As reported by ETT yesterday, the Senator objected to what he claimed was the hasty and one-sided nature of the debates, and complained that he had not been kept adequately informed by party leaders of the course of negotiations.

His intervention provoked harsh criticism of his stance by party secretary Françal Ian Lux, who questioned the Senator’s delay in bringing his concerns forward and rejected his accusation that the merger had not been discussed in an adequate way.

It appears that Senator Rôibeardescù’s decision to resign from the party was at least partly in response to S:reu Lux’s counter-attack, since the Senator stated in reply that he considered himself “insulted” by the comments and that “this party is descending into the darkness and I refuse to be dragged down with it”.

Approached by ETT for comment before his resignation, the Senator stated that in his opinion there had not been adequate information given to party members of the content of the merger talks, and that internal discussion within the party has withered, compared to the outset of the party’s existence.

“Now CCX (ETT: Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù) just says ‘I really think we should do this’, and it sails through without question”.

He also claimed that an influx of more militant ex-ZRT members would “go too far” in pushing the new party away from the centrist roots of the LibCon project. The Senator however disavowed any malice towards the ZRT, stating that:

I would like to say that I hold no grudges against the ZRT at all. I would even praise them for there organization and proper structuring of their convention and voting on the matter, as compared to the “LibCon-Con” incompetence

The merger proposal, which actually calls for the opening of membership of a renamed LibCon party to ZRT members, would leave the ZRT as a non-party think tank advocating republicanism.

Tensions at LibCon convention: Rôibeardescù opposed to merger

As voting continues on the proposed merger of the Liberal Congress and ZRT parties, dissensions have emerged within LibCon. Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù of Cezembre has denounced the proposal on the floor of the convention, claiming that his concerns about the character of the new party were not adequately addressed by the party’s leadership.

The Senator was expelled from the FreeDem alliance as a result of the controversy over the BEER Affair, but remains a member of the LIberal Congress party. Claiming that the party would “be flooded anti-monarchy, republican sympathisers” as a result of the merger and that the party was “not the one we founded less than a year ago”, the Senator further stated that he would under those circumstances abandon his membership. He urged fellow party members to halt the merger vote “instead of rushing into things we could actually make sure what we are doing is in the interest of the party”.

Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù responded to the Senator’s allegations by stating that it was too late under party rules to change votes on a motion once they had been cast. The Seneschal also accused Senator Rôibeardescù, who had claimed that his ability to challenge the proposal was reued by the party constitution of “pointlessly whin[ing] about something you could have changed if you cared enough about it”.

The Senator’s motion to halt the open vote on the convention floor and proceed to a secret ballot did not receive a second, and was thus not taken up by the convention. At the time of writing 5 votes have been cast in favour of the merger, with only Senator Rôibeardescù voting against.

BEER Affair: Rôibeardescù resignation “good enough” for Seneschal

Responding to the statment issued by the Free Democratic Alliance Executive Committee, Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has confirmed that troubled Senator Txosuè Rôibeardescù will for the moment remain a member of the Liberal Congress party, and has called for a halt in what he claims may “become a witch-hunt”. [Note: S:reu Xheraltescù is proprietor of ETT]

According to the Seneschal, who was travelling at the outset of the BEER Affair, “as far as I am concerned, resignation from the position of Commissioner [by Rôibeardescù] is good enough for me”. The embattled Senator, implicated in an attempt to influence a Member of the Cosa to drop a bill making extravagant extraterrestial land claims, remains suspended from the Free Democratic Alliance, of which the Liberal Congress is a constituent party.

The Seneschal stated that Senator Rôibeardescù’s admission of his personal difficulties and his resignation as Civil Service Commissioner took “guts as well as honour”, and expressed concern that further sanctions against the Senator would “become a witch-hunt”. The Seneschal further stated that the Senator’s political future “is up to the people of Cezembre”.

S:reu Xheraltescù also announced his resignation as Capitan (governor) of Fiova. The Seneschal cited lack of time since his appointment as head of the government. A by-election to fill the vacant position will be held later in August, with Ian Luïc C. Baptiçistà the only announced candidate so far.

BEER Affair: Rôibeardescù resignation “good enough” for Seneschal

Responding to the statment issued by the Free Democratic Alliance Executive Committee, Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has confirmed that troubled Senator Txosuè Rôibeardescù will for the moment remain a member of the Liberal Congress party, and has called for a halt in what he claims may “become a witch-hunt”. [Note: S:reu Xheraltescù is proprietor of ETT]

According to the Seneschal, who was travelling at the outset of the BEER Affair, “as far as I am concerned, resignation from the position of Commissioner [by Rôibeardescù] is good enough for me”. The embattled Senator, implicated in an attempt to influence a Member of the Cosa to drop a bill making extravagant extraterrestial land claims, remains suspended from the Free Democratic Alliance, of which the Liberal Congress is a constituent party.

The Seneschal stated that Senator Rôibeardescù’s admission of his personal difficulties and his resignation as Civil Service Commissioner took “guts as well as honour”, and expressed concern that further sanctions against the Senator would “become a witch-hunt”. The Seneschal further stated that the Senator’s political future “is up to the people of Cezembre”.

S:reu Xheraltescù also announced his resignation as Capitan (governor) of Fiova. The Seneschal cited lack of time since his appointment as head of the government. A by-election to fill the vacant position will be held later in August, with Ian Luïc C. Baptiçistà the only announced candidate so far.

BEER Affair: FDA suspends Rôibeardescù

The FDA Executive Committee have censured Senator Rôibeardescù for his conduct during the BEER Affair and suspended him from both Liberal Congress and FDA membership. They have however neither called for his impeachment nor his immediate resignation. Full text of statement can be found below:

STATEMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FREE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE ON THE TXOSUÈ RÔIBEARDESCÙ SCANDAL
1. The Free Democrat Alliance, and its constituent parties the Liberal Congress and the ZRT, unreservedly condemn the corrupt practices of Txosuè Rôibeardescù as Civil Service Commissioner.

2. We note the following:

– Txosuè has recognized his wrongdoing, in communication both with this Executive and in a public statement in the Senäts.
– He has resigned his position as CSC promptly.
– There is, however, a continuing question over his participation in public life, given his health and personal issues, and the reciprocal stresses between these and his Talossan public life.
– We consider Txosuè a friend and we want him to sort out his personal issues, recover his integrity and become an active and trusted Talossan once more.

3. Therefore we resolve as following:

– The Free Democratic Alliance officially CENSURES Txosuè Rôibeardescù for contravening the principle of a non-partisan Civil Service, especially after an extremely short time on the job.
– The Free Democratic Alliance ACCEPTS Txosuè’s personal apology to our Executive Committee.
– The Free Democratic Alliance, noting that there is a cloud over Txosuè’s participation in public life, needs to put distance between him and our alliance until this cloud is sorted out. Therefore, Txosuè is SUSPENDED from membership in the Liberal Congress and the Free Democratic Alliance, until such time as a new election in Cézembre is held to test his mandate from his constituents.

Resolved by:
M. T. da Biondeu
Miestrâ Schivâ
Françál Ián Lux

BEER Affair: “Humbled” Rôibeardescù appeals for forgiveness

Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù made a moving appeal for forgiveness from his colleagues in the Senate last night as calls for his resignation increase.

In a post entitled “The Humbling of Txosuè”, the embattled Senator from Cezembre admitted that his recent actons had been “ghastly”, and that he “humbly prostrates” himself before his fellow Senators to “beg forgiveness” for having “damaged my reputation and that of the Senate”. The Senator ascribed his recent troubles to difficulties with antidepressants that affected his judgement, but stated that the imminent start of a new course of medication should improve his condition.

Senatorial colleagues were quick to praise the Senator’s commitment to seeking help with his recent health problems, with Senators Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun and Sevastáin Pinátsch praising his deterination “to become a healthier, better person”, in the words of da Senator da Lhiun.

Senator Rôibeardescù said that he hoped the Senators “find me still able to represent the people of Cézembre” despite his recent difficulties. Senators Pinátsch and da Lhiun both suggested that the Senator could resign and force a by-election, or could organise an informal poll of Cezembreans to determine whether they would like the Senator to remain in office. This echoes the statement made by Senator Miestrâ Schivâ yesterday to ETT.

According to an ETT analysis of the relevant sections of the Organic Law, a new election would not occur before the next general election, with a replacement Senator appointed by the Seneschal of Cezembre serving out the remainder of the term until then. This is regardless of the manner the Senator might leave office (resignation, removal by el Cort Inalt, or impeachment by the Senate). Senator Rôibeardescù would however be freely able to contest this by-election.

In other news, TSP leader and putative head of BEER Gaglhen Fortaleça MC spoke to ETT about the affair. He confirmed that Senator Rôibeardescù approached him spontaneoulsy on or around 14th July with the scheme to appoint S:reu Fortaleça as head of BEER in return for dropping his Claiming the Moon Bill. He also states that the then-Civil Service Commissioner presented the scheme as his own iniiative, but that S:reu Fortaleça assumed, incorrectly, that the coalition leadership had authorised the offer. Once the negative political reaction to the appointment became apparent, S:reu Fortaleça approached both the Seneschal and Sir Alexandreu Davinescu for advice on the matter, thus revealing the previously secret deal.

When asked by ETT if the incident had changed his attitued about Talossa, or would have any impact on his other official roles, S:reu Fortaleça stated that the “TSP and me personally will keep chugging along as we have, we will just be more cautious of others now”

BEER Affair: Removing a Senator-what the Organic Law says

If a Senator resigns
According to the Organic Law (Art. IV, Sect. 10) if a Senator resigns during his term of office, the “executive of the province”. shall appoint a replacement to serve out the rest of term, or until the next provincial election. If the provincial executive does not take action on a vacancy within a fortnight, “the King or his Cunstaval” shall appoint a replacement.
Justice Owen Edwards, leader of of the Progressive Party and thus a member of the coalition, was elected Seneschal of the province in July, and Sir Cresti Siervicül is Cunstaval of the province.

Removing a Senator from office
According to Art. IV, sect. 11, el Cort Inalt may remove a Senator from office for “criminal activity or for mis-, mal-, or non-feasance.” Malfeasance is generally defined as “commission of an illegal act”, misfeasance as “the inadequate ir improper performance of a legal act”, and nonfeasance as “neglect of a duty or nonperformance of a required act”.
It is not specified, but presumably the provisions of section 10 above would then apply. The law is also silent on how the Cort might become involved-would the removal be as a consequence of a criminal prosecution, or could a citizen seek a court order?

Impeaching a Senator
The Senäts may impeach one of its own members by a two-thirds majority vote. The law does not specify that the Senäts needs specific cause to so.
If the motion is passed the voters of the province represented by the impeached Senator must vote on whether to accept the impeachment. If a simple majority vote to impeach, then the Senator is removed from office and is replaced under the provisions of section 10 mentioned above. However, if the province’s voters reject the impeachment, the charges are dropped and the Senator remains in office, and cannot be charged again with the same offences.
An impeached Senator may still run for the office in subsequent elections.

BEER Affair: Schivâ says “more debate needed” on Rôibeardescù expulsion from Senäts

Speaking to ETT, Senator Miestrâ Schivâ confirmed that the FDA disciplinary action will probably not conclude before the return of the Seneschal from his trip abroad, as reported by ETT yesterday. She told ETT:

“Senator Roibeardescù admits to having engaged in corrupt practices as head of the CSC. He was right to resign this post effective immediately. However, the question of whether this means he should be expelled from the Senäts is a completely different one, which will require more debate. He might want to resign of his own free will and fight a by-election, who knows.”

Earlier, reacting to ETTs interview with Senator Rôibeardescù on Wittenberg, Senator Schivâ also stated that the BEER Affair was a “shock” to both the government and the FDA, and that it was “extremely embarrassing” that the head of the apolitical Civil Service was engaged in “playing politics”, but that “lessons will be learned”.

Meanwhile speaking to ETT a source close to the RUMP expressed scepticism that the pro-government majority in the Senate would actually seek to expel Rôibeardescù. The source also echoed the stance taken on Twitter by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu that the whole Civil Service project is now in jeopardy, and that an expulsion of Rôibeardescù from the Senate would be “difficult”.

Senator Rôibeardescù himself has not made any public statements on Wittenberg since yesterday evening when he posted a “Senatorial Office” message on the Cezembre forum, asking for constituents to “pop in”. Minister of Stuff and Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch has expressed sympathy for Rôibeardescù’s troubles, but also concern “about your health, treatment regimen, and ability to manage your own mental health care”.