President Yaroslav Mar signed a Decree formally triggering Article XLVI of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Lostisland, paving way for the 2022 election of Prime Minister.
The Presidential Decree sets out the planification of the general election, tied up to 7 May 2022: the last day in office of the incumbent Prime Minister Denys Tezdzhanenko. The submission of candidacies will begin two months from now, on 7 November 2021, and remain open till 7 February 2022. By 1 February 2022, the choice of electronic voting software to be used during the election will be officially announced, while the voting itself will be open from 1 to 7 March 2022 — to ensure that all citizens, regardless of the timezone and possible technical difficulties, are able to cast their vote. If no candidate manages to secure more than 50% of the vote, the second round shall begin on 1 April 2022 and delay till 7 April 2022. The inauguration of the new Prime Minister will take place on 7 May 2022 — exactly four years after Denys Tezdzhanenko’s current term began on 7 May 2018.
According to the Constitution of Lostisland, any Lostislandic citizen not younger than 18 years of age may submit their candidacy for Prime Minister. As of today, no Lostislandic citizen publicly expressed interest in running in 2022, while the incumbent Prime Minister Denys Tezdzhanenko has previously made conflicting statements regarding his future plans. In a 2019 speech welcoming Ambassador Rob Meyer to Russia, Tezdzhanenko announced he will not seek another term in 2022. In a 2020 interview, the Prime Minister reaffirmed his plans but said he may consider a final term “if the President asks [him] to stay.”
If elected to a new — fourth — term, Denys Tezdzhanenko, who had served as Prime Minister in 2013, returned to office in 2015, and was re-elected on the 2018 snap election, could remain in office until at least 2026, thus serving for more than 11 years in total.
In the coming weeks, a separate page will be set will all the information regarding the 2022 election of Prime Minister Denys Tezdzhanenko.