ROSEWOOD – HRH Prince Aaron has resigned as Prime Minister of Überstadt and expressed his support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would transfer the head of government’s role to the Monarch.
In a letter to HM the King, the outgoing premier described himself as “becoming greatly laden with other duties,” especially academic pursuits, as the Prince has followed his brother’s path in concurrently enrolling in secondary and tertiary education.
Aaron further declared his “everlasting support for King Adam,” and indicated his favor toward making the King head of both state and government.
This proposed amendment, which is to be voted upon this evening at a special meeting of Parliament, would abolish the office of Prime Minister and transfer all the powers and duties of that office to the Monarch. This decision has been made following days of deliberation among Überstadt’s top politicians.
“It is time that our law reflected reality,” said the King of the proposal, referring to the fact that he has played a more active role in government than his younger brother in the past several months. He is seen by some as already acting as a de facto head of government, and as such, this legal change is not expected to significantly alter the reality of Überstadti politics.
For days, Prince Aaron had expressed some concerns about how the power of a “presidential” Monarch would be checked, but last night finally agreed to vote in favor of the change. This concession came following a meeting with the King in the Family Chamber of the Royal Residency described by some witnesses as “heated.”
The Prince had initially expressed a preference to remain Prime Minister than see the King assume the role’s power.
The amendment bill contains a provision, however, that has allayed public concerns about the executive’s accountability to the people. Under existing law, Parliament can appoint a regent if the Monarch becomes unable to perform their duties through physical or mental defect, but this bill expands that power significantly, allowing Parliament to force a regency or even an abdication should the executive sovereign fail to act within the people’s will.
The amendment in question will be the first bill for which advance votes by absent legislators will be officially considered, as it is to be debated following the anticipated passage of another constitutional amendment regarding parliamentary procedure.
At this time, the amendment abolishing the premiership is also anticipated to pass unanimously, with verbal support from all three voting citizens from Rosewood and an absentee vote already cast by Dominique Montour, Environment Minister, who lives in the United States.