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Saturday, November 16th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: ELECTION RESULTS
FOLEY SAKZI ELECTED PRESIDENT IN OVERWHELMING VICTORY
Foley Sakzi, the Speaker of the Chamber, the five term senator from the Northern Isle's 4th District, has won the Special Election and is now the 14th President-elect of Zamastan. He will be sworn in tomorrow at Congressional Hall, and Chamber Conservatives will have to nominate a new Speaker in his wake.
Sakzi was widely expected to win the Presidency, with his nearest competitor, GLP Leader Cain Blackwater, coming second in every poll up to the election. But, with 62% of the popular vote, Sakzi blew all competition out of the water. In his unprecedented margin of victory, he promised that his win would ensure that bi-partisanship would continue, just as it famously had during his tenure as Speaker.
"This is not my victory. This is a victory for the security of our democracy. I will never favor one individual policy over the interests of Zamastanians. I will continue to work with both sides, showing what is possible when we take our disagreements and arguments and construct a healthy narrative that produces results. I want to re-establish the honor and pride that Zamastanians have, and the International Democratic Union will see once again the greatness that our nation has. We will restore our influence and our trust, our broken relations, and create a more prosperous nation than what we've experienced in the past 10 months. This, friends, is the beginning of a new stage."
"This is what positive politics can do. This is what a positive, hopeful, a hopeful vision, and a platform and a team together can make happen. Zamastanians from all across this great country sent a clear message tonight, it’s time for a change in this country, my friends, a real change."
Sakzi held out an olive branch to his defeated rivals after a vicious and divisive campaign. “As I’ve said many times over the course of this campaign, liberals are not our enemies, they’re our neighbors,” he said. And in an implicit rebuke to his most outspoken rival Euan Gunn – who had attempted to exploit a row over Muslim women’s right to cover their face in 2012 as Senator – he said: “We know in our bones that Zamastan was built by people from all corners of the world, who worship every faith, who belong to every culture, who speak every language.”
Here are the Official Percentage Counts
for the SPECIAL ELECTION
The election was seen in part as referendum on the leadership of former-President Bishop and her neo-conservative economics and hawkish foreign policy. Opinion polls before the vote had pointed to a hung election, but in the event the election resulted in a resounding defeat for the Liberal candidates.
With a wide margin of 62%, Cain Blackwater came in second with 24% of the vote. In response to Sakzi's victory, he congratulated his opponent while speaking to a crowd of despondent supporters, while also promising to continue working with Sakzi in Congressional Hall. However, he also promised to continue campaigning for the September 22nd Election, which will not be postponed with tonight's special election.
"I have to congratulate Speaker Sakzi on his victory. The choice of the nation is clear, and while you all know I do not always agree with him, I tremendously respect Foley for his commitment to the Zamastanian people. I believe that regardless of politics, we are in good hands. I will continue to work with my friend, and with his Presidency and Administration, I believe that our congress can work some fundamental changes that improve our great nation."
He focused on thanking his supporters at the end of the speech. "We put it all on the line, we gave everything we have to give, and we have no regrets whatsoever,” he said, adding: “The disappointment you feel is my responsibility and mine alone. I will commit to the continuation of my Presidential campaign for the 2020 cycle. Mister President-elect, I'll see you soon," Blackwater said, with a wink and smile to the cameras and laughter from the audience.
Senator Euan Gunn, who failed to get more than 3% of the vote and fell to a fifth place, was less enthusiastic in his concession speech.
"Foley Sakzi, while I congratulate him, is teetering on a dangerous precipice. With Bishop's exit, a flush of disparity is left in the executive office. Obviously, I had hoped I could fill that emptiness, but the people have spoken. Good luck, Mister President-elect. Your success is our country's success."
Former President Zacharias Castovia, the third place grabber, also congratulated President-elect Sakzi from his campaign headquarters, also promising to continue his campaign for the 2020 cycle.
"Foley, congratulations. Your leadership during my time as President is a shining example of humility and honestly and graciousness. I wish you the best of luck, and I will be here to provide any help or advice you need, although I know you're more than capable. Despite our differences, you are a genuine man and a true politician. Your motivations for improving the lives of our fellow Zamastanians is noble. I commend you for your leadership and your character, and I wish you luck."
"As to the continuation of my campaign, I will not be stepping off the trail. It is my goal to be back for 2020. We'll see how the next few months go."
Former Speaker Shauna Lultquist, who got fourth in the final counting, spoke to her supporters as well.
"Foley is an honorable man. While tonight’s result is certainly not the one we had hoped for, the people are never wrong.”
Yerran Mann, the Progressive Party candidate, declined to make a public statement.
Who Is Foley Sakzi
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Foley, a native of Providence, Northern Isle, graduated from Tofino University in 1992. He spent five years working for Conservatives in Tofino and returned to the Northern Isle in 1997 to work at his family's construction company. Before his further tenure in politics as a Senator, Sakzi was a corporal in the Zamastanian Armed Forces, seeing action during the Second War in Vulkaria. He was shot in the chest by enemy combatants during the Battle of Amstelveen and critically injured, but recovered and rewarded several medals honoring his bravery and sacrifice during the fighting.
Sakzi was elected to Senate to represent the Northern Isle's 4th congressional district in 2008, replacing an incumbent conservative who was in Senate. Sakzi would represent the district from then until today's election, even as Speaker of the Chamber. He chaired the House Budget Committee from 2009 to 2012 and briefly chaired the House Ways and Means Committee in 2012 prior to being elected Speaker of the Chamber in September 2012 following Yerran Mann's retirement.
Speaker of the Chamber Sakzi shook the political landscape in June when he announced his candidacy against President Bishop in the 2020 Election cycle. His candidacy, as well as his position in the Blue Conservative Party, caused a major division in the Conservative realm, as he began openly criticizing Bishop for her policies. Upon her condemnation and subsequent removal from office, he remained on the side lines to the best of his ability as the leading member of Congressional Hall, abstaining from the Congress Chamber's vote and speaking in terms of political unification after her removal in testimonial settings.
His provided domestic views are largely centered around middle and lower class economics, and he has stated that he hopes to provide systems of free enterprising that doesn't infringe on the rights of the everyday citizen, while also maintaining a faithful and open government system. He has advocated for a strong military, sanctions against Xiomera and Kerlile (though he strongly criticized President Bishop's handling of the July-August Trade War), and an increase in trade with nations who don't have strong current connections with Zamastan, as well as Catican nations such as Trive and United New England. He has advocated for gun reform and was one of the leading voices in the August legislation that banned semi-automatic rifles in Zamastan, though he has stated that he believes in the right for citizens to have conceal and carry permits for hand guns.