President of Algard
|President of the Algardian Republic|
|Presidente da República Algardiana|
|Office of the President|
|Style||Mr President (informal)|
His Excellency (formal)
|Type||Head of State|
|Formation||7 July 2022|
|First holder||Kyle of Algard|
|Deputy||Prime Minister of Algard|
The President of Algard, officially the President of the Algardian Republic, is the head of state of Algard and the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Algard. The office was established alongside that of the republic.
The president is elected by parliament. The Chamber of Deputies nominate around 4 candidates for office, with then a vote being hosted. The 2 candidates who receive the most votes are then voted on by the Senate. The candidate who then receives the most senate votes is sworn into office.
Whenever the office of president is temporarily vacant, until a new president is appointed the prime minister acts as president. However if the office of prime minister is also vacant the responsibilities of the president are held by the Senate.
The president is the source of executive power. The president appoints as prime minister the individual most likely to maintain the support of the Chamber of Deputies, usually this is the leader of the political party with a majority in that house, but also, when no party or coalition holds a majority (referred to as a minority government situation). The president must additionally appoint to Cabinet, on the advice of the prime minister, all other ministers. All ministers are accountable to the democratically elected Chamber of Deputies.
The President, along with the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, is one of the three components of parliament. The president has the role of assenting bills passed by parliament, to make them law. The president has the absolute power to withhold assent to Bills passed by Parliament (i.e. to veto without parliamentary override). Furthermore, a form of pocket veto exists: there is not a specific time frame for presidential action on a Bill passed by Parliament, thus the president can hypothetically postpone the signature of a Bill indefinitely, effectively vetoing it.
As well as this the President has the responsibility of appointing majority of senators. Most they appoint on their own accord, some are on the advice from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.
The president has the right to appoint judges both to some civil courts and the supreme court on the joint recommendation of the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, and pardon offenders by issuing a Presidential Pardon.
In times of crisis the president may proclaim an emergency which entitles the officeholder to some emergency powers which include:
- Passing Emergency Laws without the Consent of Parliament
- Enacting Martial Law without the Confidence of Senate
- Suspending Parliament without the Confidence of the Prime Minister
Oath of Office
The official oath of office for the President is as follows:
"I, [name], do swear (solemnly affirm) that I will well and truly serve Algard in the office of President. So help me God."