Democratic Renewal Front (Juclandia)

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Democratic Renewal Front
Frontul Renovării Democratice
President Bartholomeos II
General Secretary Leo Libereanu
Membership  (2015) 27
Ideology Pragmatism
Traditionalism
Pro-Church of Juclandia
Political position Center (Juclandian)
Official colors Green
Seats in the Great National Assembly
27 / 159
Seats in the Council of State
3 / 15

The Democratic Renewal Front (Romanian: Frontul Renovării Democratice), formerly called New Democracy (Noua Democrație) is one of Juclandia's three political parties, and it represents the political center on the Juclandian spectrum. It is based on principles of pragmatism, and it promotes consensus within the society. It has a strong sense of traditionalism and social conservatism, and it calls for a more important role of the Orthodox Church in the life of the country. It is made of the New Democracy - Christian Democratic party and independent affiliated members.

Before the political turmoil of March-April 2014 that transformed Juclandia's politics, the party was a Christian democratic one with economically statist and socially conservative policies, and was considered to be situated on the right-wing of the political spectrum. It started as a merger of the New Democracy Movement and the Christian Democratic Union, that happened right ahead of the elections in August 2012.

The movement claims to be a defender of Christian values, both in social and in economic terms. It is the main supporter of Article 12 of the Constitution of Juclandia, which defines Christian Orthodoxy as the national religion of the Kingdom and the Orthodox Church as its national church. It is also a fervent supporter of tolerance and has been the main force behind several anti-discrimination laws. It is said to support more influence of the Church over state affairs.

On 7 June 2015 the political alliance New Democracy renamed itself into the Democratic Renewal Front and became a political party.

History

Logo of the New Democracy Movement.

The New Democracy Movement was formed in November 2011, amid the November 2011 Riots. It was formed by a part of the protesters that fought against the left-wing government and support a republic instead of the current Constitutional Monarchy. The movement was never registered as political party, but as an agreement with the government it was permitted to contest in elections, where it has won 21% of the votes and got 1/5 of the seats in Great National Assembly.

After the December 2011 elections, the movement formed the coalition government with the Democratic Front and the Christian Democratic Union, the coalition having 19 seats (that means almost 2/3 of the seats). After the partners in coalition refused to push for a limitation of the powers of the monarch in the discussed Constitutional Ammendment, the movement's only minister has resigned and the movement went into opposition, leaving the government with a minority of seats in the Great National Assembly.

In May 2011, after polls shown that the Movement has about 10% of voting intentions, New Democracy started talks with the Democratic Party in forming a political and electoral coalition, whose name is supposed to be "Conservative Movement". The talks were later abandoned, and the New Democracy approached the Christian Democratic Union.

Christian Democratic Union

The Christian Democratic Union was a center-right christian democratic party founded by the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Juclandia on 18 August 2009. It merged with the New Democracy in August 2012.