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FreeDem merger approved: Schivâ candidate for Secretary

With the conclusion of the ZRT and LibCon conventions, the Kingdom’s newest political party, Free Democrats of Talossa has been formally established. The FreeDem convention was welcomed once again to Maricopa by Premier Txec dal Nordselvă, who is himself a member of the new party, and who stated that he looks “forward to what we will accomplish in the future”.

The ZRT convention approved the merger proposal by a margin of five votes to zero. With this vote the ZRT ceased to be a political party, becoming instead a “republican think-tank and social movement”, as described by Senator Miestrâ Schivâ. The LibCon convention, despite the disturbance caused by the resignation of Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù in protest at the merger, approved the proposal by five votes to one, with the Senator being the only dissenter.

The first actions of the new party will be to consider who shall serve as its Secretary. At the time of writing, Senator Schivâ is the only declared candidate for the post, and has already been endorsed by outgoing LibCon party secretary Françal Ian Lux MC and by Dr. dal Nordselvă . The Senator has also proposed amendments to the party constitution including a new logo.

Under the terms of the proposal, the renamed LibCon party has extended an invitation to any interested ZRT members to become members of the new FreeDem party. Party members can however form separate caucuses under the FreeDem umbrella, and Senator Schivâ has also petitioned the convention to allow for the creation of a “Republican Caucus of the Free Democrats”.

[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: MRPT reactions

In apparent response to Senator Rôibeardescù’s statement that he “would rather fight for a party that knows what it wants, instead of one that doesn’t”, Ian Plätschisch MC published a copy of the MRPT manifesto for the former’s attention. In extending an invitation to the Senator to consider the MRPT as a new political home, S:reu Plätschisch stated that “a vote’s a vote”, clarifying later that he intended this formula to mean that the support of any individual voter is welcome, but that he did not intend to recruit the Senator as a party member.

Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun of Maritimi-Maxhestic criticised S.reu Plätschisch’s initiative, stating that his party colleague did “not represent the MRPT that I know”. He further remarked, in response to criticism from Senator Miestrâ Schivâ of Distain da Schir’s silence on the issue at that point, that “(the party leader) is just one voice among many”. He also noted what he claimed was the ZRT leader’s “alacrity to criticise the MRPT at the first chance you get. I am accustomed to your vitriolic remarks towards the RUMP, but I expected more amity towards us”.

Former MRPT leader Glüc da Dhi noted that “it’s not like the FDA had a problem having him as a member untill he left…now…he’s suddenly a ‘sleazoid'”. He also called on other parties “to not get involved immediately but give Txosue and his former party some time to sort things out for themselves first”, stating that he understood S:reu Plätschisch’s personal initiative as a response to the RUMP’s first move in publishing their manifesto.

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.

Party conventions vote on FDA merger

The Liberal Congress and ZRT party conventions were welcomed to Maricopa by Premier Txec dal Nordselvă on 10th September.The two constituent parties of the Free Democratic Alliance are discussing the transformation of the alliance into a single political party. The alliance is currently the second largest political force in the 48th Cosa, and is the leading component of the coalition government.

LibCon party secretary Françal Ian Lux MC opened the discussion at the LibCon convention by proposing that the party would be renamed the “Free Democrats of Talossa”, and that it would invite ZRT members to join the new organisation.

Senator Miestrâ Schivâ opened the ZRT convention by proposing that the ZRT would cease to be a political party, and would instead become a republican think tank and campaigning group independent of party politics. Its members would be encouraged, but not required, to join the new FreeDem party, and its membership would be open to any citizen who subscribed to its principles.

At the time of writing, members of both parties have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals. The precise details of the constitution and principles of the new party are not yet available, but will likely be similar to the political position of the FDA.

Profile: Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù

C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has been a citizen of the Kingdom since Reunison in 2009. As a citizen of the Republic he served as a Deputy, Minister and Seneschal. On joining the Kingdom he became a citizen of the province of Fiova, where he has served as Capitan (governor).

He was a Member of the 45th and 46th Cosas for the ZRT, before forming the Liberal Congress party during the 46th Cosa. He was a Member of the 47th Cosa for that party.

He also served as Tuischac’h of the 45th Cosa, and as Distain of the Kingdom during the 47th Cosa. He was appointed Seneschal of the Kingdom following the 48th Cosa general election, when he led the FreeDem alliance.

Xheraltescù is a self-described liberal, and is founder and proprietor of El Tamlalt Talossan