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First Ordinary Session of the Congress of People's Councils convenes; People's Commissioner and Central Executive Committee elected
The Congress of People's Councils of the New Richmond Republic concluded its 1st Ordinary Session on the 9th of August, electing the other organs and officers of the Central People's Government and enacting various laws.
The session - the first of its kind in the fledgling Republic's history - was held in accordance with the recently-enacted Basic Law's requirement for an ordinary session in the summer. The session reported a turnout of 100% of all delegates. The Congress of People's Councils is the supreme organ of state power and the highest decision-making body of the Republic, and is vested with various unique powers such as the right to elect all other officers and organs of the Central People's Government.
Comrade Brooklyn Hewitt served as presiding officer for the session. She opened the Congress with brief remarks, calling for delegates to "not lose sight of [their] responsibility to [their] fellow citizens," reaffirmed the duty of the Blair Mountain League to defend the foundational principles of "socialism, equality, protection for the disparaged, refuge for the marginalized, and fierce opposition to reaction and bigotry of all sorts," and proclaimed that the Central People's Government "must live up to the spirit of the Blair Mountain revolt and the July Revolution."
The Congress proceeded to its first order of business: the election of the Central Executive Committee and the People's Commissioner of the Republic (the ceremonial head of state and symbol of national unity). Comrade Brooklyn was elected Chair of the CEC, Foreign and Military Minister, and Economic Minister; Comrade Gaia Pacifice was elected Culture and Arts Minister, and Comrade Savannah Wellman was elected Home Minister. Comrade K. Riley Hewitt was elected as People's Commissioner. All elections were unanimous and without competing nominations.
Following elections, Comrade Brooklyn presented the legislative program of the Blair Mountain League for deliberation and voting by the Congress. All bills within the program were enacted unanimously by the Congress and have since been signed by the People's Commissioner. The statutes enacted were:
Following the conclusion of ordinary business, Comrade Brooklyn opened the floor for discussion regarding various topics. Among those discussed were plans for the first SCE under the Economic Development and Planning Act, negotiations of an alliance and heritage association for the various New Virginian states, joining the Borean Community, and ratifying the Augusta Accord.
The Congress of People's Councils will not convene in ordinary session until this winter; until then, the Central Executive Committee may legislate through Decrees which are subject to later approval by the Congress. Should the need arise, the Congress may convene in extraordinary session by order of at least two People's Councils or by order of the Central Executive Committee.
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