|12th President of Laeral|
|Assumed office |
January 6, 2019
|Prime Minister||Tanvi Misra January 6, 2019-June 4, 2019 |
Nicolas Martin June 4, 2019-
|Preceded by||Nicholas Brennan|
|1st Executive Officer of the New Democratic Alliance|
|Assumed office |
November 18th, 2017
|1st Laeralian Ambassador to the World Assembly|
December 28th, 2016 – November 3rd, 2017
|Prime Minister||Tanvi Misra|
|Succeeded by||Juliette Mao|
|Governor of Neidong|
January 1st, 2013 – December 28th, 2016
|Preceded by||Gerard Luo|
|Succeeded by||Mina Delannoy|
|Member of the Neidong Legislature|
August 1, 2006 – October 20, 2012
|Parliamentary group||Progressive Party (Laeral)|
|Member of the National Security Council|
February 18, 2000 – July 12, 2004
|Born||September 16, 1964|
|Political party||New Democratic Alliance|
|Progressive Party of Laeral|
|Alma mater||Sun Jia-wei National Open University [B.A.], Laeralsford Institute of Political Sciences [M.A., Ph.D.]|
Liu Mei-han is a Laeralian politician and member of the New Democratic Alliance (Laeral) currently serving as the 12th and current President of Laeral since 2019. Liu is the first woman and the first unmarried person to hold that position. Liu was formerly the Governor of Neidong and the Laeralian Ambassador to the World Assembly. She succeeded Nicholas Brennan as President following her victory over Damien Vendorme in the 2018 Laeralian general election.
Liu was born in 1964 to a working-class family in Nanhai, where she lived with her four younger siblings in public housing in a slum district of Hanshui. She excelled in school, working her way through the prestigious Sun Jia-wei National Open University, and later the Laeralsford College of Political Studies. Upon graduating, Liu became an academic, teaching at various universities, including Jean-Philippe Salaun National Open University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Academy, for around a decade. After being rejected for a permanent position by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liu was appointed in 2000 as a specialist consultant for the National Security Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on foreign relations within the Hespian continent, although she kept her academic position at the time. Liu was also appointed as Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy Council, a think-tank, before resigning from all of her governmental and non-governmental positions in 2004 for personal reasons, although she only left her academic positions in 2006.
In 2006, Liu ran for the Neidong provincial legislature as a Progressive, where she served, rising to Deputy Speaker of the Legislature, until choosing to run for Governor of the province in 2012. Liu unexpectedly won the Progressive primary and won a narrow victory. Following her victory, Liu was elected Vice-Chair of the Progressive Governors’ Congress. Her name was suggested for the post of Foreign Minister under the First Misra Government, but she was rejected in favor of Marie-Claire Beringer. However, Liu resigned as Neidong Governor in 2016, after she was named by President Brennan as the first Laeralian Ambassador to the World Assembly, which she held until resigning in 2017 to form the New Democratic Alliance.
Liu announced that she would seeking the New Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2017. With no other New Democratic candidates opposing her, she won the nomination. Liu's campaign was characterized by a focus on social media campaigning, and she was in third place (behind Prime Minister Tanvi Misra and Delegate Damien Vendorme) in most polls until the Serriel Affair, which damaged Misra's popularity. Liu won 20% of the vote, narrowly outpacing Misra to advance to the run-off against Damien Vendorme. On December 23rd, 2018, Liu won the presidency with 57% of the nationwide vote. Liu was sworn in as president on January 6, 2019.
Faced with an unusually fragmented National Assembly, months were spent in coalition talks, leading to rumors that Liu would call fresh elections. On June 4, 2019, Liu announced the formation of a coalition government consisting of her own New Democrats in coalition with the Progressives, Conservatives, and Green Party, with Nicolas Martin of her own political party as Prime Minister. The coalition government's first act was to pass an aid package to rebuild Lauchenoiria following the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War.
She also met with former president of Slokais Islands Joseph Chavez, when he was in office in 2017 and in 2019 as he was running for president of Slokais.
Liu is unmarried, although she has dated in past. Rumors persist that she is a lesbian, although these rumors are generally believed to be false. She lives at Republic House with her younger brother Liu Enlai, his wife Eileen Liu, their teenage daughter Jianhui, and son Yuming. She is the owner of two adopted cats, the grey tabby Junjie and the white-furred Mingzhu.