UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: September 21, 300 AP.
President declares "All or nothing!"
President Hope, who will know in a mere nine days whether he is likely to be continuing
in his role, has raised the stakes of this election declaring that he will not be seeking an
electoral seat. This effectively means that if he is not appointed caretaker President by the
elected parliament, he will have no role in federal politics!
Political pundits were surprised by the move calling it "risky". "There is little
guarantee the Conservatives will lead the next Parliament, which means President Hope will
be forced to return to being Governor of Lasanne until the Presidential contest next year.
It would leave the President out of federal politics and out of directing the country through
this important initial phase", said one political commentator.
"What makes the move interesting is that President Hope is effectively saying 'I can
not be involved in this nation's governance without being at the helm', which means that if
(Democrat leader Louis) Campden is elected President, Hope has no desire to serve under him
as Vice President or cabinet minister. I think President Hope is sending a clear message to
Campden that he wants to be President or nothing."
Johnston Sheen has been running the state of Lasanne as Deputy Governor since the
resignation of Thomas Kemp, who became Prime Minister. Governor Hope would stand down as
Governor if elected President next year. Lasanne is not due to face another election until
President Hope would most likely have stood in the federal electorate of Belview, a
suburb of Luka, and safe Conservative seat. Instead, Gordon Kennett will win that seat.
©UPA, 300 AP.
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