UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: October 21, 300 AP.
Former President Hope returns home
Former provisional-President Hope officially returned home to Luka today to a hero's
welcome at Luka airport, after being defeated for the position of first elected President of
Utania on Wednesday morning, 86-52. He also returned to the state where he will assume the
full responsibilities as Governor of Lasanne, taking over from the Acting-Governor Johnston
As he emerged from the plane, Governor Hope was cheered and applauded by over one
thousand supporters in the airport who formed an impromptu honour-guard. He gave only one
short speech, thanking them for their support, and hoping for their continued support, and
telling them he had "thoroughly enjoyed" his short term as the country's leader, and hoped to
one-day serve the nation in that way again.
Later that evening, Governor Hope was at a gala Conservative Party function with his
family to raise funds for the party. He restated his enjoyment of the Presidential role, and
wished President Okarvits the best of luck in running "such a diverse and needy country".
Toward the end of the evening, Conservative Party state secretary and staunch ally of
Governor Hope, Daniel O'Regan declared that he would be heading up a "President Hope campaign
fund" and that all donations were welcome. The announcement was greeted with rapturous
applause and cheering, and Governor Hope was brought to the stage to speak in response.
He spoke only five words to rouse the crowd even more: "Let's bring Hope to Utania!"
Governor Hope went on to say that he would campaign for the Presidential elections due
in late 301 or early 302 AP, and hoped for his party's nomination, so that they could "take
back that which should have belonged to us!"
And voters are left wondering how could it be that minutes after one election is won
that another campaign begins.
©UPA, 300 AP.
©Mike Ham, 2000. All rights reserved. No reproduction without, at least, tacit approval. ;-)