JUCĂREȘTI, 31 May 2016 – Juclandia had some very busy past three days, after all of the country’s parties (the Popular Unity Front, the United Revolutionary Front and the Democratic Renewal Front) held their congresses at the same time, on the days of 28, 29 and 30 May 2016. Originally planned to last two days, all congresses have been extended for an additional day after the volume of debate and the way they had to share the venues of the Palace of the Great National Assembly deemed it impossible for them to finish their proceedings in just two days.
Each party congress adopted a resolution detailing the party’s political platform and ideology, and it is expected that the decisions of the three congresses will have a strong influence on Juclandia’s political future. The political positions set at the congresses by the three parties will probably become the main issues of debate in the following months on Juclandia’s political scene.
POPULAR UNITY FRONT (FUP)
Elected President: Benjamin Kytsou; Elected General Secretary: Ovia Bogi
Central Committee: Bursuc Novac, Cocolino Jucărescu, Miaunel Comuneanu, Zydrunas Skaicius, Warda Deveșlu, Teddy Populescu, Turon Pelucho, Avinelis Baranin, Clăbucel Apolodor
The Popular Unity Front decided to strengthen its image as a progressive force by defining itself as a party for ‘liberal-minded people who love forward-thinking’. The most important part of its manifesto is its rejection of the current relationship between the government and the Church of Juclandia and its aim to transform Juclandia into a secular country. This is a first for the country, as no other political platform has ever questioned the status of the Church of Juclandia. It also aims to cut on bureaucracy and modernise Juclandia’s Internet infrastructure, while moving many government services online through a plan called “Digital Juclandia” (Juclandia Digitală). It calls for cultural reforms in which co-operatives are given more importance, as it tends to view co-operatives as ‘living bodies’ rather than mere economic mechanisms.
UNITED REVOLUTIONARY FRONT (FRU)
Elected President: Adam Banici; Elected General Secretary: Gori Jucărescu
Executive Committee: Iepurica Democrescu, Pisica Democrescu, Semiluna Factos, Bestia Reformescu, Leopold Jucărescu, Vișinel Țărănescu, Karol van der Pluch
The most interesting part of the manifesto of the United Revolutionary Front is its second sentence: “a strong Juclandian people can only exist within a strong Juclandian state”. It can be said that this motto sums up very well most of the FRU’s economic and cultural policies. It considers the state to be the main agent of unity and cohesion in society, and it calls for a greater role for it, contrary to the FUP’s co-operatives-first policy. It also calls for educational reforms, in order for the educational system to reflect the model envisioned in the 2015 Constitution. It aims for a more united Juclandian nation, at times using a quite exceptionalist discourse.
DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL FRONT (FRD)
Elected President: Theodosius-Martinel Pravoslavnici; Elected General Secretary: Leo Libereanu (re-elected)
Executive Committee: Ursache Libereanu, Evghenie Yelnovici, Corazon Querido, Spiriță Libereanu
The members of the Democratic Renewal Front decided to continue the party’s focus on culture and tradition, and the new manifesto provides very vague economic policies, which basically translate into accepting the economic status quo. It stresses the importance of moderation and compromise, and calls it self ‘the party of negotiation and consensus’. However, it takes a strong position on the recent Church of Juclandia-related conflict, presenting itself as a strongly pro-Church movement. It also puts great emphasis on ‘national and constitutional values’ and calls for the ‘isolation from society of views contrary to what the Juclandian people adopted on 1 May 2015’.