After a successful first direct election of the Chief Minister (formerly this position was called "President"), the independent candidate Hajarah Sadiq, who was former Baroness of the former Province of North Elizabeth, has won with 42.9%.
The Grand Marquette Aaron Green had endorsed Baron Arturo Lara of Vescambia, from the Egalitarian Party. When the elections first opened, Lara quickly took the lead. However after more and more people from the Aarianian mainland began voting, Baron Hutchens and Baroness Sadiq began taking the lead since they had personal connections to the mainland, unlike Lara. Lara kept a steady race going, but after the first week, Baron Lara was no longer expected to win. A tight race was kept between Hutchens and Sadiq, but once enforced voting began, the public began to sway towards Sadiq. Once the minimum requirement had been met and enforced voting ended, votes started swaying towards Hutchens one last time, but it was not enough to take the lead.
The election closed on November 9, 2018, and Hajarah Sadiq had won with 42.9%, with Baron Hutchens coming in as the close second with 35.7% and Baron Lara coming in last with 21.4%. The total election turnout was 42 people, or 58% of the population.
Chief Minister Elect Hajarah Sadiq may be giving a public address later.
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