Damien Leandros Rippin (B. 1960) is an Engarian politician and 25th president of Engary. Before becoming president, he was originally the speaker of the engarian national assembly from 2005 to 2012 when he was elected as the president. He was the son of the respected engarian novelist, Jared Rippin (1921-1985).
Damien was born in a Komapest general hospital in 1960. During his childhood, he lived in a Femchester cul-de-sac with his parents. When his father died in 1985, he moved out of Femchester and lived in Komapest.
As speaker of the engarian national assembly (2005-2011)
Damien first entered politics in 2005 when he was named as the speaker of the engarian national assembly.
On November 8, 2006, during the parliament session, he was attacked by a protester who has just broken into the building, though he wasn't hurt.
On April 11, 2009, Damien announced during a parliament session that prime minister Sean Ross has resigned following the protests regarding the private speech that was addressed by Sean himself.
On December 23rd, 2011, Damien announced that he is running for the 2012 presidential election. It came when president George King resigned following sexual assault charges. On the same day, he stepped down as speaker of the national assembly, with many MPs cheering and clapping at the end of the last parliament session before the Christmas break.
As president of Engary (2012-present)
First term (2012-2016)
On January 8th, 2012, Damien Rippin was elected as the president of Engary in a landslide victory. Just the day after the election, he was inaugurated. His inauguration ceremony took place at the national assembly.
In October 2015, Damien traveled to Toylandia where he met the Toylandian president Sanford Berge. He was the first Engarian president to meet with a Toylandian president since the Toylandian war. Meanwhile, Damien and Sanford have signed the Ghullkuujhead declaration which later Resulted the end of the 2-year conflict Between Engary and Toylandia.
On that same year, on December 4th, Damien Rippin announced that he is running for the 2016 presidential election for a second term.
Second term (2016-2020)
Damien Rippin was re-elected as president on January 3rd, 2016. A day later, he was inaugurated. His inauguration was once again taken place at the national assembly.
In April 2017, Damien was involved in a car accident when another car collided with his car. Fortunately, Damien, his wife, and his children have survived the accident.
On December 20th, 2019, Damien Rippin announced that he is running for the 2020 presidential election for a 3rd term.
Third term (2020-present)
On January 5th, 2020, Damien was re-elected as president. He was inaugurated a day later, with the inauguration ceremony taking place at the national assembly.
The labor code protests
On June 14th, 2018, during the parliament session, Damien Rippin announced the labor code act which will increase the possibility of overtime, the establishment of a two-tier administrative court and the establishment of a national central camera surveillance system. The same date when the bill was announced, many politicians criticized Damien for the act and they demanded him to withdraw the proposal.
Meanwhile, opposition MPs occupied the pulpit, whistling, sirening, and were later kicked out from the parliament by the security guards.
In the evening, over 1,700 people protested at the front of the parliament building, demanding the president to step down.
2 days later, the president has addressed a televised speech, announcing that the proposed labor code act has been withdrawn, also saying that he will apologize because of this.
Damien is currently married to Callie Hardy since 1987 and they both Live with their 5 children, Shaun, Lucille, Jace, Anita, and Crystal. However, Callie and her children had to live on her separate apartment at the Joseph Palace, meanwhile, Damien has to live in his apartment.