|The Right Honourable|
|9th Prime Minister of Afalia|
Elections: 2009, 2012
4 June 2009 – 24 June 2014
(5 years, 2 weeks and 6 days)
|Monarch||George I |
|Preceded by||Zachary Douglas|
|Succeeded by||Jessica Shaw|
|Leader of the Opposition|
28 January 2007 – 4 June 2009
|Prime Minister||Zachary Douglas|
|Preceded by||Terry Smith|
|Succeeded by||Zachary Douglas|
|Leader of the Afalian Liberal Party|
28 January 2007 – 14 June 2014
|Preceded by||Terry Smith|
|Succeeded by||Jessica Shaw|
|Secretary of State for Education|
1 April 2000 – 25 December 2002
|Preceded by||Rachel Yeo|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Thompson|
|Member of Parliament |
4 May 1996 – 24 June 2014
|Preceded by||Lewis Wise|
|Succeeded by||John Day|
|Born|| Christopher Michael Kelly|
2 December 1959
|Died|| 24 June 2014 (aged 54)|
Gilliland, Blackdon, Afalia
|Resting place||St. Nicholas Cathedral, Blackdon|
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Spouse(s)||Haley Hope (m. 1985)|
|Children|| Lawrence (b. 1988)|
|Alma mater||Royal Blackdon University|
|Religion||Church of Afalia|
|Years of service||1980-1985|
Christopher Michael Kelly (2 December 1959-24 June 2014) was a Liberal Party party politician who served as the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury of the Kingdom of Afalia between 2009 and 2014. In addition to this Kelly represented Sington as their MP and was leader of the Afalian Liberal Party. Kelly served as Prime Minister from 2003 until his assassination in 2014. He was the ninth person to hold the office.
Kelly studied economics at Royal Blackdon University before going onto begin a graduate degree in business. He cut short this pursuit however to join the Security Wing of the Royal Blackdon Police, following in the footsteps of his father in 1980. Kelly served for five years in the Security Wing taking part in peacekeeping missions abroad. After leaving the wing in 1985 he began to pursue a career in politics and joined the Liberal Party as a special advisor on security matters and served briefly in the final ministry of Charles Hawkins in this role before being selected for the Liberal safe seat of Sington.
He was elected to the seat in the 1996 election. He rose through the ministerial ranks to become Education Secretary during Patrick Collins government onwards and emerged as a candidate for the leadership after backing from Collins after the 2006 election defeat. He was elected as leader following the Liberal Party defeat in the 2006 election on an economically liberal and radical social liberal platform. Kelly was widely expected to lose the 2009 election to Zach Douglas' Afalian Conservative Party but won in a surprise victory with a majority of 164 and the 2012 election where the Liberal Party lost just two seats.
As Prime Minister Kelly introduced a number of new social reforms including an increase in green taxes, the Educational Standards Act, the pupil premium, the Disability Equality Act and liberal immigration reforms. Economically his premiership saw reductions in corporation and capital gains tax, an increased focus on direct foreign investment and the Blackdon Stock Exchange 'explosion' of 2009. Kelly also oversaw the 2010-2011 Electoral Reform Commission which saw a referendum lead to Afalians choosing to keep the first past the post system.
In 2013 he became the first Afalian wartime prime minister and led the country through the Titanican War. After the war he enjoyed the highest ever approval ratings of an Afalian prime minister at 95%. Following the war his premiership focused on security with the formation of the armed forces, ICE membership, the Anglo-Afalian Blackdon Security treaties and the Beaufort group. He launched the anti-Harling Freedom Army terror operation Operation Bannerman, deployed troops to the Itailian colony of Rhydetia, sent special forces troops to Songhia during 8-N and oversaw the death of King George and ascension of Queen Amelia.
On Wednesday the 21st of May Kelly announced his intention to retire as prime minister and hand over power to a successor. He resigned on the 26th of May and was succeeded by Treasurer of Afalia Jessica Shaw as leader of the Liberal Party. In his last act as Prime Minister he oversaw the Queen's coronation. Kelly was due to resign as Prime Minister on the 25th of June, but was assassinated by the Harling Freedom Army on the 24th of June. Kelly's death led to an outpouring of grief in Afalia. Because of his leadership in the war and his role in fighting the HFA the Queen granted Kelly the honour of a state funeral, the first and so far only civilian to be awarded the honour. Kelly lay in state at the Palace of Shirston for a week, guarded by members of the Afalian Army before his funeral procession and service at St. Nicholas' Cathedral. Hundred of thousands of people paid their respects along the funeral procession route.
Early Life and Education
Kelly was born to parents Benjamin Kelly and Rosalind Kelly (née Hotchkiss) in the city of Blartleo, Wrightshire on the 2nd of December 1959. His date of birth means he is the first Prime Minister of Afalia to be born after independence from Regnum Albion in 1952. His father was a soldier in the security wing of the Royal Blackdon Security Wing and the armed forces during its existence between 1964 and 1972. His mother owned a hotel in west Blartleo which was later expanded into four hotels in the 1970s. Both his parents have Anglo-Afalian ancestry with Anglican ancestors having emmigrated in the early and late 19th centuries respectively. Benjamin Kelly and Rosalind Hotchkiss married in 1955 in Blartleo, where they both grew up. They met in university.