William Mishnev

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His Excellency
William Mishnev
OL
Official portrait, 1996
President of the Christian Republic of Luziyca
In office
January 20, 1992 – January 20, 2000
Vice PresidentBattista Stefanelli
Preceded byRespicio Lo Prete
Succeeded byPhoebe Wilhelm
ConstituencyIshikul-East (1960-1992, 2000-2004)
Representative for Ishikul-East
In office
Jaunary 20, 1960 – January 20, 1992
Preceded by(TBC)
Succeeded byGerald Norovich
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs
In office
February 1, 1988 – January 20, 1992
PresidentRespicio Lo Prete
Preceded by(TBC)
Succeeded by(TBC)
ConstituencyIshikul-East
Representative for Ishikul-East
In office
January 20, 2000 – January 20, 2004
Preceded byGerald Norovich
Succeeded by(TBC)
Personal details
Born September 17, 1923
Ishikul, Amatrov, Luziyca
Died September 19, 2015 (aged 92)
Ishikul, Amatrov, Luziyca
Citizenship Luziycan
Nationality Luziycan
Political party Christian Luziycan Party (1960-1976)
Whig Party (1976-2015)
Spouse(s) Marlana Mishnev (b. 1942, m. 1967-2015)
Children Karina Mishnev (b. 1968)
Rybak Mishnev (b. 1971)
Lily Mishnev (b. 1973)
Krov Mishnev (b. 1975)
Alma mater St. Anthony's Academy
Profession Politician
Religion Lutheran Catholicism

William Mishnev, OL (b. Sept. 17, 1923, d. Sept. 19, 2015) was the 25th President of Luziyca, serving from Jan. 1, 1992 to Jan. 1, 2000. He was elected on Nov. 12, 1991, and was re-elected on Nov. 15, 1995.

Background

On Sept. 17, 1923, he was born in Ishikul. In 1929, he started heading to the Huswa Varanken Primary School. After graduating in 1937, he attended the Ishikul Secondary School, where he graduated with full honors in 1941. He then proceeded to head to St. Anthony's Academy in Bethlehem, where in 1945, he got a degree in law, and returned to Ishikul.

He served as a lawyer from 1945 to 1959 when he began to run for political office, first as Mayor in 1955, but after a failure, he set his sights on the House of Representatives.

Political career

Mishnev and his wife in 1976, William Mishnev on the far left

In 1960, he was elected the Representative for the Ishikul-East District, and returned to Bethlehem to serve in office. He rose through the ranks of the party, supporting the Quiet Revolution, and alienating the faction that would become the National Luziycan Party.

By the 1970s, he became well known for his advocacy of small government, and criticized safety net programs, insisting that "if we have too much of a safety net, the poor will realize that the rich can take care of them while the rich will not want to take care of the poor." He supported religious values, but only up to a point, criticizing those who sought to restore pre-Quiet Revolutionary conditions, but said that "God is a strong moral compass." From 1979 to 1991, he served as head of the Guardians of Liberty.

He was a fervent anti-leftist, with his anti-leftist remarks causing his popularity to skyrocket to the point that he was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs on February 1, 1988.

During his career as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, he was characterized as a hardliner who doubted that detente could ever work. He was cynical of socialist states, saying in late 1988 that "they and their ilk, they are the true oppressors. They seek to oppress their people in the name of communism, but little do they know, yes, little do they know is that one day, the people will rise up against them."

With the revolutions occurring in Katranjiev in April 1989, he expressed support, saying that "the era of leftist is coming to a close. Katranjiev is throwing off their Liberationist regime, and I expect more will follow, until even the giant shall follow suit."

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Presidency

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Post-Presidency

After he stepped down from office, Mishnev returned to his seat in Ishikul. He served as mentor to Phoebe Wilhelm, the first female President of the country until her death in 2003 from cancer. In 2004, he retired from politics and stepped down from his seat in Ishikul-East.

After having stepped down from political office and retired in 2004, he wrote his memoirs, "The Hero of Luziyca," which was published in September 2006, detailing his life from his childhood to the present.

In 2009, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and his health deteriorated over the next six years before his death from pneumonia. His last public appearance was at a campaign rally in 2012. (TBC)

Death

On August 11th, 2015, he was hospitalized with pneumonia, which got worse. On Sept. 15th, he went into a coma, and died on September 19th, 2015, just days after he turned 92.

After the announcement of his death, President Breuvi Shjoraski ordered all Luziycan flags to be lowered to half-mast, and said on LRT that "...when I entered office, he was friendly, he was caring, and made sensible choices that benefitted the country," and concluded with "His death is like losing a father."

The political parties agreed to suspend campaigning until after the funeral, which Mishnev's wife immediately agreed to having a state funeral on September 26th, 2015.

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