parlament[1]JUCĂREȘTI, 26 April 2013 – The government’s commitment to change the economic, political and cultural establishment in Juclandia is always being continued endlessly by Prime Minister Populescu and his coalition of Liberals, Socialists and Communists. Promised in the December election, the government has finally gotten to successfully amend the Constitution and insert several modifications in the 133 articles of the Juclandian Constitution.

It is considered that one of the most important modifications is the power of the Presidency of Juclandia, which has been greatly extended so that all the Royal Decrees of the King cannot pass without the President’s approval, thus making him responsible for the Monarch’s decrees. This successfully paves the way for Juclandia to become a full parliamentary monarchy, with the monarch merely being a figurehead: most of his constitutional powers have been given to the executive and the legislative, while the rest of the powers have been de facto vested into the President. The election system for the office has also been changed: the system in which the first-placed candidate would become President and the second-placed one Vice President was abolished in favour of the “running mate” system, in which a presidential candidate has a running mate that will become the Vice President in case the former wins the election. Provisions for the situation in which the President resigns have also been made, with the Vice President becoming Acting President until new elections. If the Vice President post is being vacated, the Council of State can appoint an Acting Vice President. At the same time, the President becomes the Speaker of the Council of State and the Vice President becomes the Speaker of the Assembly of Deputies. The position of Speaker of the Great National Assembly will be shared by the two officials.

Another important change is the status of religion within Juclandia. Within the ruling coalition, the Socialists supported the status quo of Eastern Orthodoxy as state religion, while the Communists and the Liberals wanted Juclandia to become a fully secular state. At the end, the parties reached a compromise and the wording ‘state religion’ was changed with ‘national religion’. At the same time, the wording ‘Eastern Orthodoxy’ was replaced with ‘Christianity in the eastern Orthodox rite’.

The limit of the term of the Prime Minister was extended from 18 to 24 months, and the name of the Free State of Cipimania was changed to the Free State of Lenia, after the Citizens’ Assembly of Cipimania petitioned the national government requesting a name change from Cipimania to Lenia, threatening with secession if their requests wouldn’t have been accepted.

The constitutional amendment was adopted on the 11th of April, but a referendum needed to be organised for the law to pass. Organised between 15 and 25 April 2013 (initially planned for 14-21), in the referendum only the Romanian ethnic minority could vote. 32 citizens were expected to give their vote, but only 26 took part, with one of the lowest turnouts in Juclandian history: 81%.

The amendment already entered into force on the 12th of April, the referendum only having the power of vetoing the Great National Assembly’s decision, which was adopted with 34 votes in favour and 3 abstains.

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