After a long and malicious campaign season, the country of St. Carle held its presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016.
A winner was announced later that night: John Doe, the leader of the Open Freedom Party (OFP). His victory came as a shock to the small nation of 5 million people.
The perceived favorite was Open Progressive Party (OPP) leader Jane Smith. She achieved her fame as the first woman running for president in the country’s 550-year history.
Tuesday night, protests erupted all over the island as citizens chanted “Not my president.” The rallies and demonstrations lasted throughout the week as more people turned out in force, hoping to change the government’s mind on their newly elected leader. Other protestors were in mourning, needing emotional support from fellow citizens.
James Jones, Dordt’s new badminton coach and the school’s only connection to the small island nation, said he wasn’t surprised at the outcome of the election, nor at the people’s response.
“St. Carlians are a very passionate and temperamental people,” Jones said. “They don’t like when they are wrong or things don’t go their way. Especially the younger generation.”
But in a shocking turn of events, only a week and a half after the election, the protesters had convinced the government to name Ms. Smith the new-new president of St. Carle.
Supporters of Mr. Doe began protests of their own before having to disband in order to go back to their jobs.
Ms. Smith recently held a press conference addressing the change in events.
“So, it’s been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job,” Smith said. “And I promise you that I will not let you down. We will do a great job.”
In other national news, Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States.
This article was taken from the Zircon issue of The Dordt Diamond