During this time the government was bankrupt, while inflation, taxation and unemployment were soaring. The regime had lost control in much of the country. Then on October 23rd, the first , Napoleon's elder brother, Lucien Bonaparte, was elected president of the Council of Five Hundred. He and Napoleon agreed to work together; his brother clearly underestimating Napoleon. Then On December 13th the new constitution was formally proclaimed, with Napoleon as First Consul with full executive powers. Five years later he would have thought he would become emperor. It was his reputation as a victorious commander that had brought him popularity, but it took far more than this to bring him to power!.