Plushunian legislative election, 2018

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Plushunian snap legislative election, 2018

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All 30 seats to the Plushunian Parliament
16 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 63.16%
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Ursu Polarescu Iepuroi Hop Ghiță Purcel
Party AS CD PNL
Alliance AS CD
Leader since 2018 2017 2017
Last election 10[2] 15 [3] 3 [1]
Seats won 20 6 4
Seat change 10 9 1
Popular vote 254 57 39
Percentage 68% 19% 13%

Prime Minister before election

Iepuroi Hop
FN

Prime Minister after election

Ursu Polarescu
PMJ

Elections for the Plushunian Parliament were held in Plushunia on the 26th of June 2018. All 30 seats were contested in the election, through a party-list proportional representation voting system. The Social Alliance managed to win a 2/3 supermajority in the election and formed a center-left cabinet led by Ursu Polarescu.

Background

After the 2017 elections, won by the Democratic Convention (short name CD), the CD-based Hop Cabinet was sworn into office. The Democratic Convention parties had parliamentary majority, and the Hop Cabinet was highly popular during November and December, but its popularity declined because of the Government's failed economic and social policies which almost caused the country's dissolution. After several months of internal disputes between the CD parties, the National Liberal Party left CD and proposed a motion of no confidence against the Hop cabinet, which passed with 13 votes in support and 12 against. The month before the election saw the rise of the Social Alliance (AS for short), which promised to undo all mistakes made by the Hop cabinet, and was the only real alternative to the dying CD, as the National Liberal Party was way too small to become senior party in a coalition. After the Hop Cabinet was dissmissed, the Liberals proposed a coalition cabinet with the Social Alliance, but AS rejected the offer and 15 MPs resigned to force snap elections. After the Parliament remained with less than 15 members and failed to meet the requirements for functioning properly, the Hop Cabinet, functioning as interimary Government, organised snap elections. The electoral campaign was extremely short and no opinion polls were made, and the elections were held on 26 June 2018.

Competing parties and pre-election agreements

The Social Alliance

Consisting of 5 parties at the time of the election, the Social Alliance was the largest political group in Plushunia by number of members in the Plushunian Parliament in late June 2018. The alliance decided to run on a rather moderate Social Democratic platform, concentrating on making reforms focused on the individual and on the improvement of the living conditions of the average working-class Plushunians, as well as proposing the nation's entry in the wider micronational community and elaborating a competent and strong legislative framework for the nation. The alliance decided to have its candidates run on a common list, with their position on the list being determined after an alliance-wide poll and several agreements (which gave each alliance member party a certain share of candidates on the list).

The Democratic Convention

Although severely weakened by the failures of the Hop Cabinet and by the departure of the National Liberal Party and the Democratic Party from the alliance, the Democratic Convention (now having only 3 member parties) remained an important political force, running in the election on a center-right, anti-Socialist platform, the Convention agreeing to moderate privatisations and the establishment of private companies, as well as strongly opposing syndicalism and cooperatives (advocated by the Socialists), yet maintaining the spending-focused Keynesian policies of the Hop cabinet. The CD also changed its name to CD 2018 and decided to have a common list too, each party's share of candidates being decided internally.

The National Liberal Party

The election marked the first time a party (the PNL) did not run as part of an alliance. The party had left the CD a week earlier due to economic policy disagreements, and ran on a program focused on reducing public spending, privatising public companies and supporting establishment of a strong private economy, as well as opposing the Keynesian policies of the CD and the syndicalism and cooperativism of the AS.

Results

Footnotes

  1. Competed as part of the Democratic Convention
  2. Not in the composition at the time of the 2018 snap legislative election
  3. Not in the composition at the time of the 2018 snap legislative election