ABELDEN – Horatio Eden, former Abeldane Attorney-General, recently won a suit he brought against Abeldane Vorsitzender Stephen Freayth.
The federal government of Abelden recently announced that all citizens would be deprived of citizenship, as part of an effort to weed out citizens that were no longer contributing to the nation’s activity, as only those that wanted to continue taking an active part would reapply.
The issue at stake, however, was the decision of Vorsitzender Stephen Freayth, the Abeldane head of government and former Emperor, to allow individuals who applied for Abeldane citizenship after June 2018 to retain their citizenship.
Mr. Eden insisted to a federal court that this was illegal – that the action Stephen Freayth took was not his to take, but rather within the purview of the Minister of Homeland and Geographical Affairs, then Alejandro Whyatt, as the law stipulated.
The Abeldane Immigration Tribunal, led by Supreme Justice Anthony Clark, affirmed Mr. Eden’s case. Per the Amerston Post:
In Abelden, the powers of government are vested in the Monarch and exercised by
the Monarch’s officers (e.g. the ministers). The Vorsitzender does not appoint the other ministers; the Vorsitzender is primus inter pares [first among equals]. Thus, the ministers exercise their powers on behalf of the Monarch, not on behalf of the Vorsitzender.
Supreme Justice Anthony Clark, delivering the opinion of the Immigration Tribunal
The court ruled, in essence, that since the law gave the authority over citizenship to one minister, and that the law doesn’t give the Vorsitzender all ministerial authority by default, only the Minister of Homeland and Geographical Affairs could take the action taken by Vorsitzender Freayth, and thus the Vorsitzender’s action was reversed.
The Abeldane Emperor, Newton von Uberquie, later gave Freayth the Homeland and Geographical Affairs portfolio by imperial edict, allowing him to finally legally take the citizenship action that had been previously cancelled by court order.
A spokesperson for Mr. Eden was unavailable for comment.