revolutionary New Richmonder news since 2021 (1RY)
The second sitting of the still-ongoing ordinary session of the Third Congress of People's Councils has elected a new People's Commissioner, Prime Minister, Central Executive Committee, Consul of Justice, and Supreme Commander.
The session began on the 29th of August after having been postponed due to the flooding disaster in Eastern Kentucky, alongside the still-postponed Blair Mountain League public conference. The Congress of People's Councils is the NRR's supreme organ of state power, and - under normal circumstances - meets twice every year; once in February and once in August.
Mother of the Revolution Brooklyn J. Hewitt, the respected Chairwoman of the BML Revolutionary Committee and outgoing Prime Minister, was elected to succeed her brother as the second People's Commissioner of the Republic - the NRR's head of state. She is expected to serve as People's Commissioner until at least August 2023 (3RY). Mother Hewitt was also re-elected to her ministerial postings and elected to the newly-established office of Supreme Commander, the civilian commander-in-chief of the Corps of Revolutionary Guards, and will serve in that capacity at Congress's pleasure under the terms of the recently-enacted Second Basic Law. At the beginning of the session, she was elected to serve as the Third Congress's Chairperson.
Comrade Chris Faine, a member of the BML Revcomit and Minister for State Security since February 2022 (1RY), was elected to succeed Mother Hewitt as the second Prime Minister. He is the first male, cisgender, and heterosexual head of government in the Republic's history - considered by many to be a sign of the party leadership's desire to diversify the historically queer and female Central Executive Committee. Prime Minister Faine was re-elected to all of his ministerial positions, and remains the only man to have ever been elected to a ministry. He will serve as Prime Minister until at least February 2023 (2RY).
Comrade K. Riley Hewitt, a fellow Revcomit member and outgoing People's Commissioner of the Republic, was elected to the newly-established office of the Consul of Justice - the head of the NRR's judiciary, the People's Senate. Comrade Riley will serve as Consul in perpetuity, subject to recall by the Congress.
Additionally, Comrade Savannah Collins was re-elected to serve as Minister for Culture and the Arts. All officers took office immediately following their election on the 5th of September. Prior to electing officers, Congress heard reports from the outgoing Prime Minister and the Minister for Economic Development and Fiscal Affairs. Delegates also voted to uphold all six decrees passed by the Central Executive Committee since the Congress last convened in February of this year.
In the coming days, Congress will consider the legislative program of the Blair Mountain League alongside numerous other issues and proposals. This session has made history as the longest session of Congress by far, with its predecessor having only lasted for for five days, and is expected to continue for at least one more week.
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