Teddy Populescu was sworn in as Prime Minister on January the 1st,  2013
Teddy Populescu was sworn in as Prime Minister on January the 1st, 2013

JUCĂREȘTI, 10 July 2014  – Today, our nation’s Prime Minister, Teddy Populescu, celebrates 555 days since he has been sworn into office. During this time, he has managed to lead only one cabinet, due to his coalition’s large majority in the Assembly of Deputies, a thing that assured a great stability in the act of governance. The Cabinet of Teddy Populescu has surpassed in longevity the former longest-lasting cabinet of Juclandia, the Second Cabinet of Bestia Reformescu.

The members of the Popular Unity Front have organised a little celebration at the party’s headquarters, giving a little gift that consisted of a fir tree crown. Miaunel Comuneanu, member of the Central Committee of the FUP, told Scânteia what the gift symbolised: “We hope that, as the fir tree always stays green, so may our Prime Minister always stay in office”. 

Throughout his time in office, Teddy Populescu, along with his government, managed to implement important reforms to the Juclandian nation. Under his direction, Juclandia got modern education and healthcare systems, a more decentralised approach to government, a massive economic reform that led to huge growth and political and social reforms that led to stability in the country, and actual social cohesion. But his government is also making things more complicated, by creating useless bureaucracy and giving a sense that the government is distant from the people.

He has angered the Juclandian Orthodox Church after his government amended the Constitution and gave the country a more secular outlook. In  Juclandia, this amounts to a loss of popularity, as the Church is one of the most respected bodies in the country.

And Gori Jucărescu, the President of Juclandia, has also been a staunch opponent of Populescu’s government, as Jucărescu has considered that the Government’s reforms in the past months have only amounted to ‘a huge quantity of useless papers’. In response, Teddy said that Jucărescu is not one to criticise, as he hasn’t done much as President. Teddy also pointed out to the numerous infrastructure projects completed during his tenure: “That doesn’t look like paper to me. It looks more like bricks and wood”.

Teddy Populescu said he’d never want to run for Juclandia’s Presidency, considering himself very happy to be Prime Minister. His party’s candidate, Ovia Bogi, is leading in polls with about 35% of the projected vote. The polls also put Jucărescu at 15%, risking to not go to run-off, as Patriarch Bartholomeos has about 17% in polls. However, Jucărescu’s party, the United Revolutionary Front, has pulled a first this year, and has put forward 5 candidates, who together have about 45% in polls, more than FUP’s 35%.

While things look stable in Parliament at the moment, the August elections, while not having an impact direct on the Government (as the Government is chosen by the Assembly of Deputies, not by the President or the Council of State, and the Assembly is elected in December), they may lead to some instability if the FUP will lose them. Meanwhile, Teddy looks forward for re-election in December, waiting for a ruling of the High Court of Cassation and Justice on the matter. The Constitution of Juclandia limits a Prime Ministerial term to 24 months, but it doesn’t specify whether it refers to the whole tenure of a Prime Minister, or to one Cabinet term.

One of the reforms made by Populescu this month is the reorganisation of the Government ministries. Instead of the current 9 Ministries, the new reform will set them at 8, which, if we are to believe the Government’s claims, will lead to important savings in the budget. When the new structure will be set up, it is expected that the Teddy Populescu I Cabinet will resign, to pave the way for a restructured Teddy Populescu II Cabinet.