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President of Mercury

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President of Mercury
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Incumbent
Nick Perry
since 14 June, 2019
Style Sir
Residence Araucaria House
Appointer Mercurian Parliament
Term 3 years
Inaugural holder Joe Foxon
Formation 2010

The President of Mercury is the head of state in Mercury, and is the chair of the Cabinet of Mercury, the executive branch of the Mercurian government.

Role

The President's primary position is to act as the head of state. They are, by convention, the leader of the most prominent party in the Mercurian Parliament, whether this be as part of a complete majority or in a hung parliament, and therefore hold both executive and legislative powers. Under the position, the President's authority extends to enacting lawmaking agenda, the appointment and dismissal of ministers, and oversight of the organisation of all governmental departments. The President is also the chairperson of the Mercurian executive, the Cabinet.

Election

The President is elected through Mercury's general election votes, using the Sainte-Laguë system. The party which gains the most seats in the election traditionally leads the government, either as a majority, minority or coalition, with the party's leader becoming President. Following the result of the election, the new President must be elected by Parliament, which usually occurs a few days after the general election, although in the case of incumbent President Nick Perry, this process took over two weeks due to his party initially being unable to form a coalition government.

There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms that a President can serve.

List of Presidents

Picture Name Period Party
1 Joe Foxon 11 June, 2010 – 14 June, 2019 National Party
2 Nick Perry 14 June, 2019 – National Party