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2019 Prymontian General Election


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3rd February 2019 | 0840hrs
PTV Broadcasting House
New Halsham
United States of Prymont

 

Soon-to-be-President Felix Frey hadn’t slept all night. His limbs ached, dark circles clung around his eyes, and copious amounts of coffee couldn’t stop the yawning. It was a credit to PTV’s makeup team that he was so presentable and fresh as he appeared on live morning television, just hours after his party had won the 2019 general election. Despite his amiable appearance, Frey felt like shit.

He’d disappointed his party. The celebrations had gone on late into the night at constituencies throughout the country, but one looming question hung above their heads like a thick storm cloud. Who would be their coalition partners? It was a question Frey had considered throughout the night after the election results were confirmed and his party ended with just 42% of the vote. They had a majority, but it wasn’t the one they needed.

A cursory media briefing had been sent to all elected party members before sunrise, detailing the coalition shortlist and outlining the official party stance. There were two technical options, but only one made sense. Felix had the honour of declaring that on national TV, sleep deprived and all. His electorate were counting on good news, and he had to give it to them straight.

So Mr Frey, where do we go from here? Last night you were reluctant to tell us anything regarding the future of the Prymontian Parliament. Has any progress been made overnight?”

The direct question brought him out of his daze, back into a reality of everlasting media responsibilities. His every move would be scrutinised, every word, every emotion. There would be questions galore, some intrusive, some stupid, but each one had to be handled with respect and tact. He was the figurehead of not only his party but the entire country, and his first impression would be memorable. The onus was on him to make it memorable for the right reasons.

While I’ve not had the chance to sit down with every candidate and thoroughly discuss any potential cooperation, last night was full of discussion and debate within the party of who to side with. As you will know, Prymontian law mandates that a coalition cannot be formed with the opposition, so that leaves just two eligible parties. The Ostport Independents and the Liberals both have the number of seats needed to create the majority, and we will work hard to come to a quick conclusion with one of them.”

So between the Independents and the Liberals, which is sticking out at you the most? Overnight, our correspondents deliberated over every party and predicted that a deal would best be made with the OIPs. Do you agree with that decision?”

I’m reluctant to tell you anything without discussing it with my party with a clear head. Last night was full of overwhelming emotions and we’re yet to come to a conclusive agreement. Both of those parties have their benefits and drawbacks, and over the coming days, I will be carefully deciding between them. Regardless of my choice, negotiations with our preferred coalition partner will begin on Thursday. The goal is to make this a quick, effective transition between governments, so everyone in the party will be working at maximum capacity to deliver a satisfactory result.”

It was a response that didn’t particularly reveal anything at all, but what more could he do? Making empty promises that couldn’t be fulfilled just for short-term support was exactly what had lost Duval the Presidency. The last thing Frey had on his mind was losing the support of the people just hours after he’d won it, and if that meant giving vague answers for the time being, then so be it.

One thing was for certain. Cross-party meetings would begin on Thursday. Felix and the People’s Party had three precious days to correspond with the OIPs and Liberals, determine their preferred candidate, and organise the first meeting. It would be a media frenzy, and the pressure was on to provide a rapid solution so the country could return to normality and improvements could be made. Frey was willing to cooperate, but the candidates were the ones with the power. They held the key to the majority and to claiming his rightful rule over the country, but any delay in an agreement would fall on him. In the space of a few hours, Frey had gone from child-like elation at winning the Presidency to resenting the responsibility and backlash that naturally came with the job.

One last question, if I may. We asked President Duval this at the beginning of his term, and it’s only fair to ask you the same. What are the three biggest objectives of the People’s Party for the duration of your Presidency?”

This was all discussed in great detail throughout our election campaign, but for you I’ll reiterate. Our primary objective is to right the wrongs of the National Party. We will not make promises that we cannot keep, we will listen to the people, and we will create and maintain a strong, thriving country. So I suppose that’s objective number one. We hope to revive the falling industries of the country or, if that fails, create and support the growth of new ones to create more jobs and strengthen a stagnating economy. There are also intentions to increase the funding and quality of several crucial public sectors, such as health, transport, and emergency services, amongst many others. There are many services in this country that are worth paying for, and it’s our goal to ensure that they have adequate funding to provide those services at a satisfactory standard.”

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