|New Republic Presidential election of 23 ABY|
The New Republic Presidential election of 23 ABY saw Borsk Fey'lya succeed Leia Organa Solo as Chief of State of the New Republic, following Organa Solo's resignation. In an unusual vote for the highly fragmented New Republic Senate, Fey'lya (often considered one of the most polarizing senators) won a three-fifths supermajority in the first round of voting.
The election was a decisive turning point in New Republic politics and in the state of the galaxy at large. Fey'lya had been trying to increase his personal power since his time of the New Republic Provisional Council, and had made both a number of allies and enemies along the way. One of those enemies was Admiral Ackbar, Supreme Commander of the New Republic Defense Force; Ackbar retired just after Fey'lya's election, and one of Fey'lya's first acts in office was to replace him with Sien Sovv. The retirements of Ackbar and Organa Solo, and the death of Mon Mothma the next year, finally removed from office the triumvirate that had led the New Republic and Rebel Alliance for nearly two and a half decades.
Also shortly after his election, Fey'lya apparently eliminated the position of Minister of State and created the New Republic Advisory Council, staffing it with senators, many of whom were believed to have questionable beliefs or business practices, as well as anti-Jedi sentiments.
It was largely the ineffectualness of the Fey'lya administration voted in by this election that caused such great devastation of the galaxy during the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Behind the scenesEdit
Critics of the New Jedi Order—and even some of the series' proponents—have expressed shock at the election of Borsk Fey'lya, a long time antagonist, especially considering the high number of votes he received. However, in Vector Prime, it was learned that many people in the Star Wars universe were just as surprised.
- Vector Prime (First mentioned)