JUCĂREȘTI, 22 December 2013 – A cold, but chill winter day. This is the atmosphere in which the elections in Juclandia were conducted. And indeed, were it for the election posters to not exist, nobody could tell anything was happening in Jucărești, or any other place in Juclandia. The impact was obvious: in terms of human attendance, the voting turnout stands at only 48.4% (15 out of 31 citizens). However, the final turnout was much higher than that, thanks to our dear Juclandians: 91.5%. In terms of total citizenry, both humans and Juclandians, there were 173 votes out of 189 possible ones.
The Progressive Juclandia alliance did win a majority of seats, as it was widely expected. What the analysts were not sure about, was whether the coalition would be able to break the necessary threshold of 58% to get a two-thirds majority in the Assembly of Deputies, that is 68%/17 seats. And the Communist-Liberal-Socialist alliance managed to get not 58%, but 63% of the votes. A humiliation both for the right-wing opposition and for the non-partisan local movement United Revolutionary Front, the leader of which, Gori Jucărescu, has publicly stated that he considers the Progressive alliance ‘a clique of liars’.
Teddy Populescu, who has just been re-confirmed in his position as Prime Minister of Juclandia, has vowed not to make any change to the government and go on with the same Cabinet in the new legislature. As such, a new vote of confidence is not needed, but a vote of reconfirmation is indeed needed. A mere formality, many would say. The choice to go on with the same Cabinet after a general election is not a new thing in Juclandia, as both former Prime Ministers Gori Jucărescu and Bestia Reformescu applied it. However, the period between two elections was shorter back then. If Teddy Populescu manages to keep his Cabinet united until June 2014, it will become the longest-serving Cabinet Juclandia has ever had in her 12 years history. A stability that was so much needed after 2 years of feuds and weak coalitions between the left and the right (2011 and 2012).
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE JUCLANDIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION, 22 DECEMBER 2013
Total registered voters: 189. Total votes cast: 173. Voter turnout: 91.53%
Total valid votes: 173. Total invalid votes: 0.
- Communist Party of Juclandia: 49 votes and 28.3% of the votes cast. Won 8 seats, 32% of the seats in the Assembly.
- Democratic Party: 46 votes and 26.6% of the votes cast. Won 5 seats, 20% of the seats in the Assembly.
- Liberal Alliance: 32 votes and 18.5% of the votes cast. Won 5 seats, 20% of the seats in the Assembly.
- Socialist Christian-Democratic Party: 28 votes and 16.2% of the votes cast. Won 4 seats, 16% of the seats in the Assembly.
- New Democracy – Christian Democratic: 18 votes and 10.4% of the votes cast. Won 2 seats, 8% of the seats in the Assembly.
Considering political alliances:
- Progressive Juclandia: 109 votes and 63% of the votes cast. Won 17 seats, 68% in the Assembly.
- Union for Development: 64 votes and 37% of the votes cast. Won 7 seats, 28% in the Assembly.
- 1 seats, 4% in the Assembly belongs to Pisica Democrescu, Vice President of Juclandia.
With a two-thirds majority, the governing alliance is expected to start some more radical reforms that they planned ever since January 2013, but couldn’t put into practice due to opposition in the Assembly of Deputies. The coalition, though, still has one more obstacle on their way to a real radical reform: the Council of State, where they are one-seat short of a two-thirds majority, needed to pass any legislation in the upper house of the Great National Assembly.
The King is expected to summon the 7th legislature of the Great National Assembly on the 1st of January 2014.