Geneva, Alexandria; ABCC News/Genevan Arrow – The Genevan Arrow recently had unprecedented access to the Palace of the Prime Minister, where we were received by Prime Minister Juan Ciervo. He gave us an exclusive tour of the Palace, and was gracious enough to take us to his simple, but rather organized private office within the Palace.
The Prime Minister sat down with us at the Velvet Room, just one of the many reception rooms that the Palace has, to discuss his second term as Prime Minister of the Empire.
PM: Prime Minister.
GA: Genevan Arrow.
GA: Right Honorable Prime Minister, thank you for taking the time to sit with us and chat.
PM: Welcome, and thank you, the pleasure is all mine.
GA: Mr. Prime Minister – you have served in your current position twice now, not consecutively. Also, both times you have served, you have served under two different party affiliations. How would you compare your second term as Prime Minister to your first?
PM: I think that this term, so far, has gone smoothly. During my first term, the People’s Democratic Party was the smallest party in Alexandria. That made for some difficult times in trying to work with the other two parties. This term, we have seen an increase in partisan cooperation, and I attribute the smooth sailing – so to speak -to that cooperation.
GA: Mr. Prime Minister, shortly before you ran for this term as Prime Minister, you defected to the Conservatives, where you won the Rio Grande seat after having lost it to Ronnie Vibora previously. What prompted your defection to the Conservatives from a party that comes from a rather radical background? Why not defect to the AAP instead?
PM: There were several reasons that I defected to the ACP. To begin, I knew that the People’s Democratic Party had had its run. Our numbers had been decreasing for some time, and when former Prime Minister Frias was running against Prince Augusto de Corcovado for the position of Prime Minister, I had realized that if I were to return to politics, it couldn’t have been as a member of the PDP for the sole reason of lack of support. Next came the ACP’s surprise victory in which they held all but one of the seats in Parliament, followed by the astonishing lack of work. I had been talking about the situation to then Prime Minister Frias and we came up with the solution of me taking over as Speaker. Former Prime Minister Frias informed me that the only way that I could join Parliament by not being elected was by being appointed by a political party to a seat that has been vacated. I had lost the election to the Rio Grande seat to Ronnie Vibora who had gone inactive. Former Prime Minister Frias appointed me to that seat following my joining of the ACP. I joined the ACP to help get the Imperial Parliament out of its inactivity.
GA: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister – what are the goals of this, your second Government, and how do you plan to move towards achieving them?
PM: Both times that I have begun my term as Prime Minister, I have some pretty big goals I want to work on, and most of the time these ideas are too big and have a slim chance, if that, of working. I always have key areas I want to focus on. This term, I wanted to focus on Foreign Affairs and improving our relationships with our allies as well as newcomers. I feel that I have accomplished this as I have recently been involved with an Intermicronational Tour. Also this term, I have tried to help reinvigorate our Intelligence Agency. Alexandria is a super power and it only seemed right to have an intelligence agency that matches our status. This has taken more work than I had originally thought, but nevertheless, we have made some major improvements. Something else I wish to help improve within Alexandria is the Electoral System. There are some problems with current system that must be addressed and I intend to work more closely with Lord Leclerc on the matter. Lastly, the Alexandrian Economy is another focus of mine. We have the resources and capability of getting it going and I think that with the help of former Prime Minister Frias, who now serves as the Minister of Finance, we may be able to do more than just talk about it.