Government of Werania
|Government of Werania|
Logo of the Weranic government
1993 (current constitution)
|Appointed by||Federal Presidency|
Herrstag • Volkstag
The Weranian Federal Government (Weranian: Ostischer Bundesregierung) exercises executive authority over Werania. It consists of the Chancellor and a cabinet of 16 ministries, known as Federal Ministers (bundesminister). Junior ministers are not part of the wider Cabinet. Members of the Cabinet are collectively responsible to the Bundestag and can be removed through a vote of no confidence in the Volkstag. The Chancellor officially appoints and can dismiss members of the cabinet.
The current Cabinet was inaugurated on the 28 June 2019 following the assumption to the premiership of Otto von Hößlin. 14 members are from the National Consolidation whilst 2 members are from the Democratic Alternative. Three individuals who are not members attend cabinet meetings, with one being from the NKP, one from the DA and one not affiliated with a political party.
Cabinet ministers in Werania are appointed by the Chancellor. A majority of the Cabinet must sit in the Volkstag and two-thirds in the Bundestag as a whole. Since 1993, dual mandates of non-parliamentary positions have been illegal for cabinet members. Cabinet members must themselves be civilians who are full citizens of Werania, over the age of 25 and have not committed a felony.
Members of the cabinet enjoy immunity from legal prosecutions unless the Chancellor and Attorney General agree to open investigations against members. Cabinet members are obliged to resign en masse if the cabinet loses a vote of no confidence and at the end of a parliament's term. During the period in which a cabinet has resigned but a new one has not yet been formed the cabinet becomes a demissionary cabinet which only retains emergency powers.
The cabinet is divided into two positions - members who head ministries and vote within internal cabinet meetings and those who are not officially members who are appointed by the prime minister to attend cabinet meetings but neither head a ministry nor are able to vote on policy matters. Junior ministers known as ministers of state (staatsminister) are also appointed within ministries to handle more specialised portfolios, but are not considered part of the cabinet requiring prime ministerial permission to attend cabinet meetings and doing so as non-voting members.
The formation of the cabinet is constitutionally a lengthy affair. Following an election wherein no party gets a majority the monarch is tasked to appoint an informateur who seeks potential coalition configurations by consulting between parties before reporting to the monarch to appoint a regierungsbildner (usually the leader of the largest party of a potential coalition) to form a government. The regierungsbildner is considered to be the prospective chancellor.
The cabinet is elected alongside the Chancellor by the Volkstag by a simple majority ballot. Once the cabinet is approved by a majority of legislative deputies the monarch then formally approves of the candidacy - if the Monarch rejects the nomination from the legislature the Monarch and parliament are given a week to come to a consensus - ultimately however if no consensus is reached the Volkstag's nomination automatically becomes a member of the cabinet.
Official cabinet members
|Position||Member||Member since||Seat||Political party|
|Senior Legislative Coordinator
|28 June 2019||Volkstag||NKP|
|Junior Legislative Coordinator
|28 June 2019||Volkstag||DA|
|20 August 2015||Herrstag||Independent|