Government of Werania
|Government of Werania|
Logo of the Weranic government
1993 (current constitution)
|State||Land of the Weranic Crown|
The Government of the Lands of the Weranic Crown (Weranian: Regierung des Landes der Ostischen Krone) exercises executive authority over Werania. It consists of the Chancellor and a cabinet of 16 ministries. Junior ministers are not part of the wider Cabinet. Members of the Cabinet are collectively responsible to the Riechstag and can be removed through a vote of no confidence. 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 full members and 1 non-voting member from the National Consolidation and 2 full members and 1 non-voting member are from the Democratic Alternative. Another non-voting member is not affiliated with any 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 Parliament 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 - voting members who head ministries and vote within internal cabinet meetings and non-voting 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 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 formateur (usually the leader of the largest party of a potential coalition) to form a government. The formateur 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 MP's the monarch then formally approves of the candidacy - if the Monarch rejects the nomination from parliament 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 cabinet.
Official cabinet members
|Government Chief Whip||Norbert Böhmer||National Consolidation Party|
|Deputy Government Chief Whip||Eckart Krichbaum||Democratic Alternative|
|Attorney General||Volker Bottenbruch||Independent|