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November Clark Results: Coalition wins VoC, 4 MCs forfeit seats

According to the November Clark results published by the Chancery, Talossan Socialist Party MCs Gaglhen Fortaleça and Daniel Candee, along with independent MC Nicholas Hayes and RUMP MC Bradley Collin Holmes have exited the Ziu after their failure to vote in two successive Clark led to the forfeiture of their seats. These MCs held between them 33 seats in the Cosa, so along with the former assignment of errant Progressive MC Vit Caçéir, 37 Cosa seats remain unasigned at the time of writing.

Despite a strident condemnation of the government’s record by opposition leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, and the recent public tensions between coalition parties, the government survived the Vote of Confidence (94 Për/58 Contrâ). The split was along party lines as the remaining RUMP MCs were alone in voting against confidence.

Eights bills and Organic Law amendements were published in the Clark, of which five passed. Notable bills included:

The Rebalancing Finances Act (Cosa:141P/0C/11A, Senäts: 5P/0C/1A) was proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC and Senator Eovart Grischun and reduces party registration fees by 50%, to US$10. This fee is payable by each party that wishes to stand for election to the Cosa. The Bill also revises the rules by which additional voluntary fundraising for the needs of the state are conducted, and reinforces the prohibition already included in El Lexhatx against mandatory donations or compulsory taxation.

The Transparency and Protection Bill, (Cosa:60P/81C/11A, Senäts: 3P/2C/1A) proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, would have simplified the freedom of information procedure already included in El Lexhatx, as well as the controls on the disclosure of personal information on citizens by the government or administration. The Bill passed in the Senäts but was defeated in the Cosa.

The sole amendement voted on, the Mandatory Cosa Lists Act and Amendment (Cosa:84P/33C/35A, Senäts: 2P/3C/1A) proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC and C. Carlüs Xheraltescù MC would have provided for the mandatory publication of seat assignments by party leaders before each election. Currently seats are assigned by party leaders after the election results are known subject to an individual limit on the number of seats any MC can hold. The Amendement failed to receive a majority in the Senäts and was thus defeated.

September Clark Results: You’re All Winners

MZs managed to pull off a sweep in the third Clark of the 48th Cosa. According to the results of the September Clark published by the Chancery six Bills published in the September Clark were passed, and the Government kept the confidence of the Cosa.

The government won the Vote of Confidence (Cosa: 116P/69C/0A) with a majority of 116 seats, with only the RUMP’s 69 seats voting against. Coalition MCs Françal Ian Lux (FDA) and Eovart Caçéir (Progressive) failed to vote, which means that the latter has forfeited his seat under Article VII, sect. 4 of the Organic Law. As the Progressives are still a functioning party it will be up to their leader, Owen Edwards MC, to designate a replacement to be appointed by the King. The implications for the coalition, as S:reu Caçéir is Attorney-General, are not clear at the time of writing. A Terpelaziun to the Attorney-General submitted by RUMP Leader Alexandreu Davinescu on 27th August has as yet gone unanswered.

Based on the results of the voting, the most contentious Bill on the Clark in party political terms appears to have been the Humans Helping Other Humans Act. The Bill establishes a Bureau of Humanitarian Aid in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Bureau will be headed by an Administrator and supervised by a Board of Governors, and will centralise Talossan national humanitarian, disaster relief and social development efforts. The effort will be financed by private fund-raising, or by legislative appropriation.
(Proposed by Breneir Itravilatx MC. Cosa: 109P/64C/12A, Senäts: 5P/1C/2A)

Of the remaining five bills passed, two were amendments to the Organic Law and will not come into effect until after being approved by referendums to be held simultaneously with the next general election (and assuming under that circumstance that they are proclaimed by the King).

The Automatic Voting Amendment allows for the advance validation of the electronic voting system, avoiding the delays that have been associated with the present system of post-election ballot validation. The Electoral Commission will examine the operation of the voting system before the election and must unanimously validate it.
(Proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC. Cosa: 157P/28C/0A, Senäts: 7P/0C/1A)

The 3/4 Majority Amendment removes the language that allowed the King to claim the discretion as to whether to proclaim amendments to the Organic Law, but gives the Crown the right to return an amendment to the Ziu that passed it, and increases the override threshold in that case to a three-quarters majority (instead of 2/3) of the Cosa, and an absolute (rather than a simple) majority of the Senäts. The same bill may however be passed by the next Cosa with the usual thresholds, and must be proclaimed.
(Proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC. Cosa: 136P/28C/21A, Senäts: 4P/0C/4A)

The last three bills were technical in nature and faced little opposition, with the lonely dissent of RUMP MC Eovart Xhorxh preventing their unanimous approval.

The Chronological Days of Observance Act altered the order in which the national holidays are listed in El Lexhatx to appear in order of the dates they fall on in the calendar.
(Proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC. Cosa: 174P/11C/0A, Senäts: 8P/0C/0A)

The No More Inorganic Budgets Act allows Ministers other than the Seneschal to present the Budget to the Cosa, where the Seneschal is not an MC. It had been noticed during the presentation of the 48th Cosa Budget that the previous Seneschal, Senator Lüc da Schir, had inorganically failed to present his budget to the Cosa-not being a member of that house.
(Proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC. Cosa: 174P/11C/0A, Senäts: 8P/0C/0A)

Finally, the I Pity the Phoole Act grants citizenship of the Kingdom to immigrant Ann-Elisabeth Shapera, whose application for citizenship had become ensnarled in a controversy over her other ambition, which was to be appointed Royal Phoole (or Jester) of the Kingdom. The defeat of the bill establishing this office, that would have also simultaneously granted her citizenship, thus left her application in limbo, until rectified by the passage of the Act.
(Proposed by Litz Cjantscheir MC. Cosa: 174P/0C/11A, Senäts: 8P/0C/0A)

48th Cosa: August Clark Results

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir published the results of the August Clark yesterday. 16 out of 19 MCs cast votes in the Clark, with MCs Eovart Caçeir (Progressive), Daniel Candee (Socialist) and Moritz Iesu Preiria Fernaodescu (FDA) failing to vote their combined 24 seats. In the Senäts, only Txosuè Rôibeardescù of Cezembre failed to vote on the Clark. Questions have however been raised as to whether the Senator actually meant it to be understood that he wished to vote Për on all bills “unless told otherwise” by the citizens of Cezembre.

The government easily survived the Vote of Confidence with 107 votes Për, 69 Contrâ, despite the absence of S:reus Preiria and Caçeir, with four and twelve seats respectively. This was thanks to the support of Gaglhen Fotaleça (TSP) and Nicholas Hayes (Independent), whose combined eighteen seats votes easily compensated for the absence of the errant coalition MCs. The entire RUMP parliamentary group voted no confidence in the government, alone among the parties represented in the Cosa.

Three bills, The Nobody Feels Like Writing Acts Just to Fix Typos Act (48RZ5), the 48th Cosa Budget Act (48RZ7), and the National Census Act (48RZ10) all passed both houses of the Ziu. By contrast, the controversial Office of Dynamic Data Records Bill (48RZ9) was defeated in both houses. The We Need A Phoole Bill (48RZ6) was narrowly passed in the Senäts but heavily defeated in the Cosa. The Electoral Commission Reform Amendment (48RZ8), an Organic Law amendment, was passed in the Senäts but failed in the Cosa, where it did not attain a two-thirds majority.

Proposed by Ian Plätsisch MC (MRPT), 48RZ5 gives the Scribe the authority to correct any grammatical or orthographic errors he identifies in any laws passed by the Ziu, subject to there being no objections from MZs to the revision. The Act was approved in both houses of the Ziu, with 87 votes Për, 62 seats Conträ, and 23 abstentions in the Cosa, and 4 votes Për, 2 Conträ and 1 abstention in the Senäts.

48RZ7, outlining the government’s spending priorities for the 48th Cosa was proposed by the Distain, Senator Lüc da Schir. The Act was not notably controversial, and passed the Cosa with 111 votes Për, 50 Contrâ, and 11 abstentions, even if RUMP leader Sir Alexander Davinescu MC expressed some scepticism about the determination of the government to see their plans through to completion. In the Senäts, the Act passed with 6 votes Për, and 1 Contrâ. (Read ETT’s analysis of the budget announcement here).

48RZ10 also won a high level of cross-party consensus. The Act establishes a National Census process as an alternative path to retaining citizenship, which at the moment is subject to a compulsory voting requirement. The Bill was proposed by Senator Schivâ of the FDA. Sir Alexandreu Davinescu was officially listed as a co-sponsor, despite his demurral of any such intention and his prominent role in the Hopper in arriving at the final language of the Bill.

48RZ9 was proposed by the Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir. The bill would have established a new office of the Royal Household, that of Royal Data Clerk. This official, who would have been none other than the Secretary himself, would be head of the Office of Dynamic Data Records, and would be responsible for the maintenance of the official state database. This database was created by S:reu Furxheir and is presently managed by him as a private venture. On passage of the Bill, S:reu Furxheir would have transferred ownership of the records to the newly created office, and thus they would become property of the Kingdom. Concern was expressed by some MZs at the strict terms by which the Royal Data Clerk could be removed from office, and more generally at the perception that the Secretary was attempting to legislate an office and title for his personal benefit. These criticisms were met with open dismay by the Secretary, who insisted that he was attempting to create the conditions for an orderly nationalisation of the database, which has been unsuccessfuly proposed by several governments. Ultimately the bill failed to win the support of either house of the Ziu. In the Cosa the bill was heavily defeated, with 31 votes Për, 108 Contrâ and 33 abstentions. In the Senäts the bill received 2 votes Për, 3 Contrâ and 3 abstentions.

48RZ8 was also proposed by the Secretary of State. The amendment proposed to clarify the procedure surrounding the validation of the election results calculated by the elections database, which is currently the responsibility of an Electoral Commission made up of Justices of the Uppermost Cort. Criticised for increasing what was claimed to be an already high level of complexity in the Organic Law, the amendment failed to convince the Cosa. It failed to reach a two-thirds majority in the house, with 89 votes Për, 72 Contrâ and 11 abstentions. The amendment found more favour with the Senäts, where it passed with 5 votes Për, 1 Contrâ and 1 abstention.

48RZ6 was the second bill on the Clark proposed by S:reu Plästisch. The primary aim of the bill was to grant citizenship to prospective citizen Ann Elisabeth Shapera, a professional entertainer (a “Phoole”) who has been Milwaukee’s Official Jester since 2004, and who has expressed the ambition to become official Royal Jester of the Kingdom. S:reu Plätsisch’s bill attempted to simultaneously grant D:na Shapera citizenship, a move uniformly welcomed, and to create a new post in the Royal Household, that of Phoole, which generated far less consensus. S:reu Plätsisch has himself publicly acknowledged that he may have been guilty of overconfidence in attempting to marry these conflicting aims. The widespread unease about the creation of the post of Phoole led to the defeat of the bill in the Cosa, with 52 votes Për, 90 Contrâ and 30 abstentions. The bill actually passed in the Senäts, with 3 votes Për, 1 Contrâ, and 3 abstentions.

BEER Affair: “Humbled” Rôibeardescù appeals for forgiveness

Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù made a moving appeal for forgiveness from his colleagues in the Senate last night as calls for his resignation increase.

In a post entitled “The Humbling of Txosuè”, the embattled Senator from Cezembre admitted that his recent actons had been “ghastly”, and that he “humbly prostrates” himself before his fellow Senators to “beg forgiveness” for having “damaged my reputation and that of the Senate”. The Senator ascribed his recent troubles to difficulties with antidepressants that affected his judgement, but stated that the imminent start of a new course of medication should improve his condition.

Senatorial colleagues were quick to praise the Senator’s commitment to seeking help with his recent health problems, with Senators Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun and Sevastáin Pinátsch praising his deterination “to become a healthier, better person”, in the words of da Senator da Lhiun.

Senator Rôibeardescù said that he hoped the Senators “find me still able to represent the people of Cézembre” despite his recent difficulties. Senators Pinátsch and da Lhiun both suggested that the Senator could resign and force a by-election, or could organise an informal poll of Cezembreans to determine whether they would like the Senator to remain in office. This echoes the statement made by Senator Miestrâ Schivâ yesterday to ETT.

According to an ETT analysis of the relevant sections of the Organic Law, a new election would not occur before the next general election, with a replacement Senator appointed by the Seneschal of Cezembre serving out the remainder of the term until then. This is regardless of the manner the Senator might leave office (resignation, removal by el Cort Inalt, or impeachment by the Senate). Senator Rôibeardescù would however be freely able to contest this by-election.

In other news, TSP leader and putative head of BEER Gaglhen Fortaleça MC spoke to ETT about the affair. He confirmed that Senator Rôibeardescù approached him spontaneoulsy on or around 14th July with the scheme to appoint S:reu Fortaleça as head of BEER in return for dropping his Claiming the Moon Bill. He also states that the then-Civil Service Commissioner presented the scheme as his own iniiative, but that S:reu Fortaleça assumed, incorrectly, that the coalition leadership had authorised the offer. Once the negative political reaction to the appointment became apparent, S:reu Fortaleça approached both the Seneschal and Sir Alexandreu Davinescu for advice on the matter, thus revealing the previously secret deal.

When asked by ETT if the incident had changed his attitued about Talossa, or would have any impact on his other official roles, S:reu Fortaleça stated that the “TSP and me personally will keep chugging along as we have, we will just be more cautious of others now”

BEER Affair: Removing a Senator-what the Organic Law says

If a Senator resigns
According to the Organic Law (Art. IV, Sect. 10) if a Senator resigns during his term of office, the “executive of the province”. shall appoint a replacement to serve out the rest of term, or until the next provincial election. If the provincial executive does not take action on a vacancy within a fortnight, “the King or his Cunstaval” shall appoint a replacement.
Justice Owen Edwards, leader of of the Progressive Party and thus a member of the coalition, was elected Seneschal of the province in July, and Sir Cresti Siervicül is Cunstaval of the province.

Removing a Senator from office
According to Art. IV, sect. 11, el Cort Inalt may remove a Senator from office for “criminal activity or for mis-, mal-, or non-feasance.” Malfeasance is generally defined as “commission of an illegal act”, misfeasance as “the inadequate ir improper performance of a legal act”, and nonfeasance as “neglect of a duty or nonperformance of a required act”.
It is not specified, but presumably the provisions of section 10 above would then apply. The law is also silent on how the Cort might become involved-would the removal be as a consequence of a criminal prosecution, or could a citizen seek a court order?

Impeaching a Senator
The Senäts may impeach one of its own members by a two-thirds majority vote. The law does not specify that the Senäts needs specific cause to so.
If the motion is passed the voters of the province represented by the impeached Senator must vote on whether to accept the impeachment. If a simple majority vote to impeach, then the Senator is removed from office and is replaced under the provisions of section 10 mentioned above. However, if the province’s voters reject the impeachment, the charges are dropped and the Senator remains in office, and cannot be charged again with the same offences.
An impeached Senator may still run for the office in subsequent elections.

BEER Affair: Schivâ says “more debate needed” on Rôibeardescù expulsion from Senäts

Speaking to ETT, Senator Miestrâ Schivâ confirmed that the FDA disciplinary action will probably not conclude before the return of the Seneschal from his trip abroad, as reported by ETT yesterday. She told ETT:

“Senator Roibeardescù admits to having engaged in corrupt practices as head of the CSC. He was right to resign this post effective immediately. However, the question of whether this means he should be expelled from the Senäts is a completely different one, which will require more debate. He might want to resign of his own free will and fight a by-election, who knows.”

Earlier, reacting to ETTs interview with Senator Rôibeardescù on Wittenberg, Senator Schivâ also stated that the BEER Affair was a “shock” to both the government and the FDA, and that it was “extremely embarrassing” that the head of the apolitical Civil Service was engaged in “playing politics”, but that “lessons will be learned”.

Meanwhile speaking to ETT a source close to the RUMP expressed scepticism that the pro-government majority in the Senate would actually seek to expel Rôibeardescù. The source also echoed the stance taken on Twitter by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu that the whole Civil Service project is now in jeopardy, and that an expulsion of Rôibeardescù from the Senate would be “difficult”.

Senator Rôibeardescù himself has not made any public statements on Wittenberg since yesterday evening when he posted a “Senatorial Office” message on the Cezembre forum, asking for constituents to “pop in”. Minister of Stuff and Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch has expressed sympathy for Rôibeardescù’s troubles, but also concern “about your health, treatment regimen, and ability to manage your own mental health care”.

Civil Service Commissioner resigns amidst corruption allegations

In it’s latest issue (26th July 2015), Beric’ht Talossan has alleged that Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù attempted to persuade Socialist leader Gaglhen Fortaleça MC to withdraw a controversial bill posted to the Hopper that would extend territorial claim to the Moon by offering him the post of head of the national space exploration agency, BEER (Bureau of Space Exploration & Rocketry). Following the revelations and facing general criticism from both government and opposition MZs, Senator Rôibeardescù has resigned as Civil Service Commissioner, but has announced that he intends to remain as Senator for Cezembre, an office to which he was elected unopposed at the 48th Cosa general election in 2015.

The Civil Service Commissioner had initially announced on 14th July that he was offering the job to S:reu Fortaleça. Opposition MZs immediately criticised the appointment as being not only beyond the powers of the Commissioner but improperly done, since the post was neither advertised nor apparently even available to be filled. This was confirmed by Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù himself, who stated that he had specifically informed the Commissioner that the Bureau was to remain vacant (Note: Xheraltescù is the publisher of ETT). Fortaleça, expressing surprise at the hostility over the manner of his appointment, then resigned to allow a formal application process to go forward.

Beric’ht alleges that Senator Rôibeardescù and S:reu Fortaleça had made a secret agreement that the former would appoint the latter as head of BEER in return for not clarking a bill he had introduced in the Hopper to extend the Kingdom’s territorial claims to the Moon.

S:reu Fortaleça had published his proposed bill in the Hopper on 7th July. The Claiming the Moon Bill would have extended a territorial claim to the Mare Imbrium region of the Moon. Facing general scepticism, S:reu Fortaleça defended his legislation by making an analogy with Talossa’s long-standing claim to a portion of Antarctica, known as the territory of Pengopäts. Senator Rôibeardescù was one of the most vocal opponents of the bill during the Hopper debate. On 13th July S:reu Fortaleça declared that due to some (possibly facetious) support expressed for the zaniness of the proposal, he was prepared to add the bill to the next Clark. On 14th July, as mentioned above, he was appointed as head of BEER by Senator Rôibeardescù, and has not proceeded with his bill since.

According to later statements made on Witteberg, after the unexpected controversy S:reu Fortaleça approached the Seneschal privately to get to the bottom of the matter, and subsequently spoke to Beric’ht Talossan editor Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. After the Beric’ht story became public on 26th July, Senator Rôibeardescù then confronted S:reu Fortaleça on Wittenberg, where Senator Rôibeardescù, who was outraged by what he saw as press mistreatment and personal betrayal, and under the influence of alcohol (as he has himself acknowledged) proceeded to claim that S:reu Fortaleça was afraid to face him, and that he was resigning as Civil Service Commissioner, but remaining as Senator for Cezembre. He has also however publicly accepted that S:reu Fortaleça’s account of the incident as given to Beric’ht is correct.

Condemnation of the alleged corruption and of Senator Rôibeardescù’s subsequent behaviour has been swift and general. Senator Miestrâ Shivâ announced that she would be asking the steering committee of the Free Democratic Alliance to withdraw Senator Rôibeardescù’s membership. Senatorial colleagues Sevastáin Pinátsch of Atatûrk and Lüc sa Schir of Benito have called on Senator Rôibeardescù to consider his position in the Senate. Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun has stated that the Senator may face “consequences” in the Senate, and that he may well face prosecution in the Uppermost Cort, despite his claim that he could avoid prosecution due to the media coverage. Beric’ht editor Alexandreu Davincesu has stated on Twitter that he is impressed by the swift government response, but questions whether the Civil Service programme, which is a major policy goal of the Seneschal, can survive the scandal. Beric’ht also reports via Twitter that the Seneschal is travelling but that a staement is expected from him shortly.

Senator Rôibeardescù himself has not directly commented this morning, except to post a “Senatorial Office” message in the Cezembre provincial board, stating that he was “waiting for someone to come and deservedly shout at me”. He has attempted to explain his conduct the previous evening to personal difficulties dealing with depression. The Senator had already created controversy in the days leading up to the publication of the Beric’ht article by abstaining on the vote on the Democratic Amendment, to the public incredulity of a number of government figures.

July Clark: Democratic Amendment fails, three out of four bills defeated

As predicted by ETT, 48RZ2 (the Democratic Amendment) failed to overcome determined RUMP opposition in the Cosa. The Amendment was supported by 123 seats, with the coalition parties and the Socialists voting për. The 67 seats held by the RUMP voted contrâ. This meant that the Amendment failed to reach the required two-thirds majority in the Cosa. No MCs abstained, but neither Nicholas Hayes nor Béneditsch Ardpresteir participated in the vote, and thus would seem to have exited the Ziu. As reported by ETT, since since neither has completed the formalities necessary to claim their seats, according to the Chancery, the seats they won the general election will be re-allocated. In the Senäts, the Amendment actually passed, with a majority of 6 Senators voting për, and two abstaining.

In fact three of the four bills clarked failed to pass the Ziu. As well as the Democratic Amendment, two other bills, an Organic Law amendement and an ordinary statute, were defeated.

48RZ1, the Automatic Votes Validation Amendment, clarked by the Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, would have revised the electoral provisions of the Organic Law. It would have moved the point at which election were validated from the level of each individual vote cast to a verification of the electronic voting system itself. The Amendment failed in the Cosa, as it was unable to reach a two-thirds majority. In the Cosa 100 seats voted për, 79 contrâ, with 11 abstentions. In the Senäts, 4 Senators voted për, 3 contrâ, with 1 abstention.

48RZ4, the Easy Conversions Bill was a statute proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC and would have changed the official system of measurement of the Kingdom to the metric system. In the Cosa, the bill received majority support, but the Senäts deadlocked, leading to its defeat. In the Cosa, 111 seats voted për, 56 contrâ, with 23 abstentions. In the Senäts 4 Senators voted për, 4 contrâ.

The fourth and only successful measure in the July Clark was 48RZ3, the We Had a Short Amendment Buried in a Larger One Act. This Organic Law amendement was proposed by Senator Munditenens Tresplet. Its corrects an anomaly that had been created by a previous constitutional reform relating to the right of Members of the Cosa to declare themselves the nominal representative of a particular geographic constituency, despite MCs actually being elected from one national constituency. The amendment received the required majorities in each house of the Ziu. In the Cosa, 152 seats voted për, 11 seats contrâ, with 27 abstentions. In the Senäts, 7 Senators voted për, with one Senator voting contrâ.

Election Results Are In!

Very little time for finesse, I’m afraid! The election results are in, and are as follows:

Free Democrats: 47 seats
Moderate Radicals: 46 seats
Progressives: 14 seats
RUMP: 68 seats
Socialists: 16 seats
Hayes (independent): 6 seats
Ardpresteir (independent): (?*) seats

In the Senate race, Sevastain Pinatsch ousts rival Senator Holmes in Ataturk, Txosue Roibeardescu is elected unopposed in Cezembre, and Pol d’Auribuerg narrowly defeats Prince Patrick in Florencia.

* there is at this time some confusion as to how many seats have been allocated to S:reu Ardpresteir. More information to follow.

Eovart Grischun opens bid for Vuodean Senate seat

During a press release yesterday the 29th of April, the current Vuode Premieir Eovart "Eðo" Grischun announced to the press his candidacy for Vuode's Senate seat.

Grischun will formally announce his bid on May 9th, with over three or four months to go before the election. He stated that he would run a press campaign all through the summer. The current holder of the seat, Sir Trotxa Betiñeir, was appointed to serve as an interim senator following Viteu Marcianüs's departure from Talossa during the last General Election. 

Grischun, 29, former leader of the Progressive Party (as PPT, CSP and CSPP), five time Member of the Cosa and two time Minister of Culture, resigned all his Talossan offices over a year ago in order to tend some extra-Talossan personal matters which requested his absolute attention.

The news arrives shortly after the Minister of Finance Istefan Perþonest resigned his post after that the Senate had blocked his Coinage project. This led many to think about the actual support of the Senate to Glüc da Dhi's cabinet.

While the government holds a narrow 104-96 majority in the Cosa (its VoC records being 200-0, 131-36 and 156-24), even if the Senators aren't formally assigned to a party but to their province, it hasn't technically got a majority in the Senate, as four senators out of eight are aligned with the RUMP (Holmes (KA), Preston (MM), Betiñeir (VD) and d'Auribuérg (FL)) with the other half belonging to three different parties (da Dhi (CZ) and Carschaleir (BE) to the MRPT, Schiva (FV) to the ZRT and Tresplet (MA) to the Liberals).

With Grischun being a progressive, if he'll win Vuode's seat this would change the balance of the Senate towards the current governing coalition, or at least - given that all four RUMPer senators belong to the conservative wing of the party - soften the Senate's overall attitude towards S:r da Dhi's team's policies.

Lüc da Schir