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Kellessar zh'Tarash
Full name: Kellessar zh'Tarash
Species: Andorian
Gender: Zhen
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Federation icon image. Federation President icon image.
Spouse(s): * Rane (Sh'za)
* Isal (Ch'te; deceased)
* Hosh (Th'se; deceased)
Children: Sennifaal "Senn" th'Tarash (Thei)
Office Held: President of the United Federation of Planets
In Office: 31 October 2385– Unestablished
Preceded By: *Nanietta Bacco
(Pro Tempore)
Home Member State: Andorian Empire
Previous Offices: * Leader of the Progressive Caucus of the Parliament Andoria
* Member of the Parliament Andoria
Key Advisors: * Rasanis th'Priil (Presidential Chief of Staff)
* Dimitri Velonov (Deputy COS)
* Leressi sh'Daran (Communications Director)

Kellessar zh'Tarash was an Andorian zhen who was elected President of the United Federation of Planets in the 2385 Special Federation Presidential Election.

Prior to her election, zh'Tarash served as the leader of the Progressive Party caucus in the Parliament Andoria. She had ascended to that position in 2383 after the previous Progressive leader, Iravothra sh'Thalis, had been deposed as Presider in a vote of no confidence and the Andorian Empire had seceded from the Federation.

Two of zh'Tarash's bondmates, Isal and Hosh, were killed in 2381 during the Borg Invasion. After the attack on Andor, zh'Tarash continued to live with her sh'za, an artist named Rane. Exclusive sexual relationships between two Andorians, known as a tezha, had once been taboo on Andor; following the Invasion, such sexual minorities became more open about their lifestyles, and the taboo began to lessen. Public reaction against zh'Tarash's and Fane's tezha was mitigated in part because their prior Shelthreth had produced one child, a thaan named Sennifaal "Senn" th'Tarash. A well-known political liberal, zh'Tarash's religious views--she believed that Uzaveh the Infinite would not have endowed the Andorian species with the capacity to engage in scientific and medical research if He had not intended them to use this capacity against illnesses and their ongoing fertility crisis--had more than once proved very controversial. One of her key advisors was Rasanis th'Priil, who went on to become her chief of staff.

Leader zh'Tarash had opposed Andor's secession, and worked with the Progressive Party's allies to undermine the administration of Treishya-aligned Presider Ledanyi ch'Fortua. When Federation Starfleet Commander Julian Bashir arrived in Andor orbit in September 2385 and requested asylum from the Federation in order to deliver the cure for the Andorian reproductive crisis, Leader zh'Tarash attempted to arrange a "stealth vote" in the Parliament to ensure asylum was granted. After this failed, former Starfleet Lieutenant Thirishar ch'Thane hijacked the broadcasting systems of the Andor News Service, alerting the public to Bashir's cure and the administration's refusal to grant asylum. As a result of public outcry, Leader zh'Tarash was able to arrange for a vote of no confidence against Presider ch'Fortua. The vote succeeded, and zh'Tarash arranged for the Progressive Party to enter a new coalition administration in alliance with the New Restoration Party, Unity Caucus, and Alliance Party. Unity Caucus member Solloven zh'Felleth was named Presider, and the new administration repealed the Andorian Secession Act and applied for re-admission to the Federation. Many had expected Leader zh'Tarash to become the new Presider; she, on the other hand, announced that as soon as the Andorian Empire had been re-admitted to the Federation, she intended to run for Federation President.

In October 2385, the Andorian Empire was re-admitted, and Leader zh'Tarash addressed the Parliament Andoria. In her address, she declared her candidacy and pledged to continue the foreign policy direction of the late Nanietta Bacco of Cestus. The speech, carried by the Federation News Service, was very popular, and led public opinion polls to measure a 3% increase in support for zh'Tarash in the 2385 Special Federation Presidential Election. At this point, public opinion supported her opponent by only 9 points.

After the Baras conspiracy was exposed, Kellessar zh'Tarash won the election. She was inaugurated President of the United Federation of Planets on 31 October 2385, giving a speech and holding an inauguration ball. The next day, President zh'Tarash gathered her key advisors and reminded them that her goal was to live up to the legacy of President Bacco.

President zh'Tarash agreed to honor the decision by the Dominion to isolate itself.

President zh'Tarash was also hesitant about allowing the Ascendant link to enter the Bajoran wormhole.

After the court martial of Doctor Julian Bashir was completed zh'Tarash issued Bashir a pardon. Additionally she used her influence to have Bashir's discharge upgraded from dishonorable to honorable.