|Vorsitzender of the|
|Style||The Right Honourable|
|Term length||At His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty's pleasure|
6 months per term
|Inaugural holder||Donald West|
|Formation||11 June 2014|
The Vorsitzender is the head of government of the Abeldane Empire. It is the highest elected office in the Empire and is only one of the two directly elected offices at federal level aside from the Stellvertreter. The Vorsitzender is elected through federal elections, which in turn the Monarch appoints the newly elected Vorsitzender then takes office.
Originally known as the Prime Minister of the Abeldane Empire, the Vorsitzender has the task of heading the Reichsregierungskabinett, which consists of the ministerial departments and cabinet members as well as their secretariats, and making sure that the executive is delivering its functions properly and orderly. The Vorsitzender is also responsible for being questioned in the Reichsversammlung and delivering the current state of the government and its business.
The position of Vorsitzender is currently held by Anthony Clark, who heads the First Clark ministry.
Constitutional background and role
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The main role of the Vorsitzender is to oversee the activities of the Cabinet and co-ordinate with the ministers and to act as the voice of the government to the public. The Vorsitzender has the power also to advice the Monarch on what to do and has the power to declare war, with gracious consent of the Monarch. The Vorsitzender has also the power to veto laws made by the Reichsversammlung. Following the federalisation of Abelden in June 2016, the Vorsitzender has the power to appoint his cabinet and to remove them at the same time.
The Vorsitzender is regarded as the second most powerful person in the Empire, after the Monarch. Previously, the Monarch was regarded as the most powerful person in the Empire but following the constitutional changes in 2016 and the federalisation of Abelden, the Vorsitzender has since then been considered a powerful figure within the Empire and the politics in both federal and at-state level.
Under the constitution, the deputy of the Vorsitzender is the Stellvertreter, who is formally called the Stellvertreter des Vorsitzender. The Stellvertreter is elected separately from the Vorsitzender and therefore there may be instances that two different parties may hold the positions together. He is responsible for acting on behalf of the Vorsitzender when he is on other business outside the Empire. The Stellvertreter succeeds the Vorsitzender if he resigns or is incapacitated/dead and one example can be that of Michael Thomas Brazeau. Following Henry Twain's resignation as Vorsitzender on 29 March 2017, Brazeau immediately assumed the office of the Vorsitzender and is not considered acting as he holds the right to hold the office until a general election is called by the Monarch, which he did a few days later and was succeeded by Patrick Renwick.
Election and term length
The Vorsitzender is usually elected during general elections alongside with the Stellvertreter. He/She may also be appointed or removed by the Monarch at his or her pleasure, with an approval from the Reichsversammlung. Elections are held every 4 months; 3 times a year: April, August, and December. The position of Vorsitzender and the Stellvertreter are the only positions directly elected at federal executive level; the rest of the government positions are appointed by the Monarch with the advice from the Reichsversammlung. Before August 2017, the office was among the only electable positions in the Empire, the other being the Stellvertreter.
The term length of the Vorsitzender is at His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty's pleasure and the same follows with his deputy, the Stellvertreter. While there is no term limit that is prescribed by law, three terms are the normal term limits. Patrick Renwick is currently the longest-serving Vorsitzender, serving for over 12 months.
Originally, the position was officially known as Prime Minister and the deputy of the Prime Minister was official known as Deputy Prime Minister but following a reform, the offices were both renamed to Vorsitzender and Stellvertreter des Vorsitzender, respectively. The position was renamed on 14 July 2015 effectively in all places and all previous mentions of the word Prime Minister were either retained or renamed.
List of Vorsitzenden
Time in office
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Below is the list of Vorsitzenders by total time in office:
- 1. Patrick Renwick - 367 days
- 2. Edward Daniels - 366 days
- 3. Llewelyn Lawton - 337 days
- 4. Donald West - 208 days
- 5. Stephen Freayth - 194 days
- 6. Elizabeth Legata - 114 days
- 7. Grant Hawkins - 101 days
- 8. Artemis Langford - 96 days
- 9. Tarik Kârjasary - 84 days
- 10. Andrew Janiszewski - 78 days
- 11. Anthony Clark - 594 days
- 12. Alejandro Whyatt - 67 days
- 12. Thomas Merrell - 67 days
- 13. Emiel Hardy - 54 days
- 14. Ned Gunderson - 38 days
- 15. Henry Twain - 30 days
- 16. Newton von Uberquie - 27 days
- 17. Damian Billbrough - 24 days
- 18. Horatio Eden - 21 days
- 19. Mike Lewis - 12 days
- 20. Michael Thomas Brazeau - 6 days
- 22. Vaughan Smith - 1 day
- 23. Pawel Sadowski - 20 minutes
- 1. 11 days (caused by resignation of Patrick Renwick)
Records and firsts
- Longest serving: Patrick Renwick, serving for 367 days
- Shortest serving: Paweł Sadowski, serving for 20 minutes
- Most ministries formed: 8 ministries under Patrick Renwick
- First elected Vorsitzender: Andrew Janiszewski
- First transgender: Rachel I, Empress of Abelden
- Oldest person to assume office: Thomas Merrell
- Youngest person to assume office: Patrick Renwick
- First Vorsitzender to resign: Damian Billbrough
- Most reelections consecutively: Janiszewski, Lawton, Renwick, and Freayth all having two consecutive elections
- Two or more non-consecutive terms: West, Hardy, Renwick