Unification Party holds majority in legislature, but not absolute
The Huenyan Federal Election Commission announced the final results of the first-ever elections in that country in the late hours of January 1st. While it may be a new year, there will not be a new Vice-Speaker in Huenya. Final results confirmed that the current Vice-Speaker, Tiacihitli of the Unification Party, is the first democratically elected national leader to ever hold office on the Huenyan subcontinent.
Tiacihitli originally took up the role as head of the interim government formed after Huenya seceded from the Xiomeran Empire during that nation’s civil war. He will now be tasked with leading a nation still rebuilding from that war, facing down a terrorist insurgency, and forming a cabinet. The unexpectedly strong performance of rivals to the Unification Party, such as the Huenyan Centrist Coalition and the Party of Huītzilōpōchtli, mean that Tiacihitli will likely need to give those parties significant roles in his cabinet in order to govern.
Despite this list of challenges, Vice-Speaker Tiacihitli was enthusiastic and energetic in his victory speech outside the Unification Party headquarters in Chuaztlapoc. “Huenya has emerged from a year of strife, struggle and interference by a tyrannical neighbor and affirmed its peoples’ right to freedom, democracy and justice. The Huenyan Federation has passed its trial by fire, and from that fire, we shall rise from the ashes like the phoenix. Huenya, one day, will be an example of cooperation, tolerance and stability, and a democratic light shining brightly in the east of Caxcana. The work to build us into that nation begins now. We are excited to begin working with our colleagues and our fellow citizens to begin that great work. Today, the Huenyan Federation is truly a reality.”
On the legislative front, the Unification Party does hold the majority of seats in the newly seated Chamber of Deputies of the Federal Legislature. However, the Centrist Coalition, Greens and the Party of Huītzilōpōchtli also hold significant numbers of seats. This means that at least some coalition-building and horse-trading will likely be required there as well for the Unificationists to achieve their policy goals.