His Imperial Highness Tsesarevych Jaroslav Alexandrovych, serving in his capacity as Regent while the Emperor is on a trip to Kyivan Rus', issued the Second Edict of Moscow appointing His Majesty Despot Ivan Brienskiy — a prominent Pavlovian Senator and King of Brienia — as Second Consul suffectus for the remainder of the year 7529.
The position of the Second Consul became vacant after Count Edvard Gunderson Robertovych unexpectedly resigned and left the Empire on 27 September (10 October according to the Calendar of the Heretics). The appointment of the new Consul marks the first time that an Edict is issued by a Regent, rather than by the Monarch, and the second time that a Consul suffectus is appointed, after Duchess Kirsanova succeeded Duke Drakonov in August 7528.
According to the Basic Law of the Empire, a Consul suffectus is appointed when Consul ordinarius (ordinary Consul) resigns, dies in office, or gets dismissed, and serves the remainder of the Consul ordinarius's term. The Consuls are responsible for overseeing the activities of the Government and coordinating its work. They also act as president pro tempore of the Senate. In the case of a Regency, if there is no appointed heir, one of the Consuls shall serve as the Regent. Consuls have the power to issue Government orders which regulate the work of the Pavlovian Government, the ruling Consul can always be vetoed by their non-ruling colleague.
The First and Second Consuls do not defer in function, and the one is not of higher rank than the other. The First Consul rules in January, March, May, July, September, and November while the Second Consul rules in February, April, June, August, October, and December.
Consuls are immune and can not be arrested or tried for a crime while in office, they also cannot be charged for any crimes committed in office.
The appointment of Despot Ivan Brienskiy is expected to further strengthen the relations between Pavlov and Brienia, which is a Socii (associated) state of Pavlov. The two nations have enjoyed close cooperation for months and are both members of the Antarctic Micronational Union, after Brienia's application was officially accepted earlier today.