Category Archives: 49th Cosa election

King appoints “well-respected” Sir Cresti as Seneschal

HM King John has appointed Sir Cresti Siervicül MC as Seneschal. In a brief public statement, the King stated that he had been formally notified that a majority coalition of the RUMP, the ModRads and the TNC had been formed in the Cosa, as announced via press release on 26th March. Under the Organic Law, he would therefore appoint the nominee of that majority. Sir Cresti described himself as “truly humbled” by the appointment.

Sir Cresti Siervicül was recently described as “one of the most well-respected Talossans in the country” by RUMP party leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. According to TalossaWiki, Sir Cresti, an attorney by profession with a young family, became a Talossan in 2005. He was initially attracted by his interest in el ghleþ, the Talossan language, which he has continued to pursue as el Ladintsch Naziunal (leader of the country’s linguistic efforts). In this capacity he has published a number of linguistic works, notably Prüms Päçen, a guide for beginners in the language, which was published in association with the Ministry of Culture.

In 2007 he was knighted by King John as a member of the Order of the Nation in recognition of his services in the study of el ghleþ, and for his work as a jurist and lawmaker. Sir Cresti is Constable (personal representative of the King) in the province of Cezembre, and was an MC during the 35th Cosa before being appointed Puisne Justice of el Cort pü Inalt. He later returned to the Cosa, serving from the 44th Cosa to the present. He was a founder of the RUMP, of which he continues to be a senior member.

Sir Cresti recently became embroiled in the Canun Case, due to having failed to publicly disclose his discovery of the latter’s conviction for serious crimes in the United States. He did not reveal the information at the request of Iason Taiwos, a friend of Canun’s. He later described this as a “serious error of judgement”, and was removed from the proposed FreeDem “Cabinet of Talents” as a result of the controversy. Sir Cresti was critical of ETT’s coverage of the affair, describing it as politically motivated, an accusation rejected by the publication.

Coalition: Full text of statement

After open and free dialogue among many parties, the RUMP, the Moderate Radicals, and the Talossan National Congress have agreed to form a Government as a coalition, committing to support as Seneschal del Regipäts Talossan the well-known and well-respected Sir Cresti Siervicül, UrN. The coalition Government will be committed to active and competent governance for all Talossans and upon a program of action for provincial reform, partisan reform, electoral reform, and monarchy reform

49th Cosa Election: Davinescu says caretaker PM “won’t be necessary”

Responding to a query from the Chancery, RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu has declared that he believes a new government will be formed before 1st April, and that the appointment of a caretaker Seneschal “will not be necessary”.

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir publicly expressed concern as to whether the first Clark of the new Cosa could proceed in the absence of a government. According to the Organic Law, the King has one month from the end of the elections to appoint a Seneschal, or the Cosa is dissolved.

The uncertainty follows the end of talks between the FreeDems and RUMP on a government pact. According to FreeDem leader Miesteâ Schivâ, an agreement had been reached by negotiators but was rejected by a vote of RUMP party members. Citing the earlier breakdown of talks with the ModRads, the FreeDems have renounced any further attempt to form a government, claiming that a RUMP led coalition is now “the only remaining option”.

Sir Alexandreu told ETT yesterday that his party and the FreeDems had “engaged in extended negotiations”. He declined to be drawn on the details, claiming that negotiations needed to be conducted in a “private and safe space”. He did however say that while “working in good faith” the two parties could not “bridge the gap”, but that his party “looked forward to working with the Free Democrats in the 49th Cosa and in the future”.

48th Cosa Election: Da Schir says ModRads will “strive” for “working government”

Speaking to ETT yesterday, ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir stated that his party was determined to continue with talks to form a new government. Declaring that “nobody wants new elections”, the ModRad leader told ETT that his party will “strive” to give Talossa a “working government”.

Senator da Schir also revealed that his party had received proposals from both the FreeDem and RUMP parties after 1st March. He described the RUMP as offering a “full coalition [making] many concessions”. He claimed that the FreeDems offered “none of that”, and that he was conscious of what he claimed was “bitter contempt for some of us” from the reformists’ ranks.

Yesterday’s statement from Miestrâ Schivâ’s statement on the failure of talks with the RUMP mentioned what it claimed was a non-negotiable requirement for a formal coalition from the ModRads. Senator da Schir told ETT  that this was actually an attempt on his part to suggest a way of making the FreeDem offer appear more palatable to his party membership. He further claimed that he had been willing to concede complete power to the Seneschal over the staffing of the Cabinet, which would not necessarily have to include ModRad members, but only within a formal coalition framework.

He also declared that he had always dealt with both proposals as “serious offers”, but that the hostility he perceived from FreeDems had “changed his mind”.

The Senator says he was told by FreeDem negotiators that this offer had been discussed but ultimately rejected by the FreeDem membership, a decision the ModRad leader ascribed to the fact his party “are not popular” with elements within the FreeDems due to the collapse of the last government. He ascribes the FreeDem willingness to consider the RUMP as an alternative , despite what he claims was FreeDems  telling him that the latter had made an “unacceptable” offer, to this negative feeling.

Despite the ultimate failure of talks with the FreeDems, Senator da Schir praised Miestrâ Schivâ for “her honesty and her goodwill efforts”, and that “it wasn’t she, after all, who decided we weren’t worthy of sitting at the same table”.

Asked by ETT if his party had considered an attempt to form a centrist government as an alternative to the two major parties, the ModRad leader stated that while “ideas to form a liberal/centrist pole were floating around our Congress” the MRPT had decided to limit centrist cooperation to an “informal pact” in the 49th Cosa, but that he did not rule out pursuing a united front for the 50th Cosa election.

49th Cosa Election: FreeDems “ends” government talks, claim impasse

In a press release issued today,  FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ has announced the “end” of FreeDem participation in government talks, claiming that deadlock had been reached in the party’s negotiations with both the ModRads and the RUMP.

The statement claims that a proposed pact between the FreeDems and the RUMP has been rejected by the membership of the latter within the last 24 hours. This follows what the statement claims is the breakdown of talks with the ModRads. The statement claims that the centrist party had previously told the FreeDems that they excluded any agreement that fell short of a formal coalition. The FreeDems campaigned on the basis that they would not enter a formal coalition.

The FreeDem leader complimented the “good faith” of the RUMP negotiators and described herself as “disappointed” by the outcome. She described a coalition of the RUMP, MRPT and TNC as “the only remaining option” for forming a government.

Speaking to ETT, ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir declared that he was “glad…that my party is in the position of negotiating by setting its own terms” and that the MRPT has been “100% following our electoral pledges and we’re very proud of that”.

He also stated that his remarks on coalition referred to in the FreeDem statement were not a condition but a suggestion, aimed at encouraging his party members to see the FreeDem offer in a more balanced light. He also confirmed that an offer of coalition had been made by the RUMP, but had not disclosed any further details at the time of writing.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu could not be reached for comment at the time of writing (early morning in the United States).

49th Cosa Election: Carbonel backs FreeDem government

Col Maximo Carbonel, leader of the Republican Party, has told ETT that he will be backing a FreeDem government in the Cosa. He has also called for action to fill the vacancies left in the government of his home province of Florencià, which was decapitated by the d’Aurìbuèrg renunciations.

Speaking to ETT about his return to the Cosa, Colonel Carbonel stated that due to a busy work schedule and the delay in the start of the election he did not have adequate time to campaign. However he declared that his party “would grow next time” from its 3% of the vote in the 49th Cosa election.

Claiming that the FreeDem’s plurality of the vote gives them “a green light to make some change”, the Republican Party leader stated that he would support a FreeDem government, and hoped that even if it fell short of declaring a republic it would “remove all the king’s political power soon as possible”.

Describing the Canun Case as “sad”, Colonel Carbonel told ETT that “you cannot judge a country only on one persons bad behaviour.” He did however declare himself satisfied with the long sentence imposed for the grave crimes Canun was found guilty of.

On Wittenberg, Colonel Carbonel has called on Florencià Cunstaval Dama Litz Cjantscheir to fill the vacancies left by the d’Aurìbuérg renunciations. Pôl and Audradâ d’Aurìbuérg were Senator and Governor of the province respectively.

Col. Carbonel suggested that as the RUMP won an overwhelming majority in the most recent elections to the provincial legislature, known as the Nimlet, that the party should nominate a candidate. An interim Senator would serve until the next Cosa election later in 2016.

49th Cosa Election: ModRads support key to next government

Based on the provisional results, no party is in a position to dominate the next Cosa. With alliances thus necessary, all the major parties are now engaged in behind the scenes talks to try and stitch together the indispensable Cosa majority that will persuade the King to nominate their candidate for Seneschal, with the ModRads finding themselves the indispensable element in almost all credible scenarios.

The FreeDems are certainly the largest party, and are in fact the only established party to gain seats. When asked if the results were in line with their expectations, Miestrâ Schivâ told ETT that they were “better than I feared, though not as good as I hoped”. She ascribed the gain in support to the FreeDem to the anti-coalition stance of the FreeDems, as well as their handling of the Canun revelations. She also claimed that she did not anticipate a swift agreement on a new government, claiming that the ModRads “have a difficult decision to make” and have “slow internal processes”, but refused to be drawn on the specifics of the negotiations.

A FreeDem source has however told ETT that identical approaches have been made to both ModRads and the RUMP. While refusing to be drawn on the content, it would seem that the FreeDems have continued their refusal of a traditional coalition, instead asking for support for a meritocratic “Cabinet of Talents” under FreeDem leadership. A source in the ModRad camp has however suggested the FreeDem approach was more an attempt to ascertain what demands the former had than a detailed proposal.

Since election night the FreeDems have been suggesting that the substantial swing towards them is, in the words of Senator C. Carlüs Xheraltescù in the Wittenberg Shoutbox, “indicative of the people’s will”. They are however 34 seats short of a majority, a fact that both the RUMP and the ModRads have been careful to point out in recent days.

Sir Alexandreu Davinescu told ETT that the RUMP’s performance was “a little worse than expected”, but ascribed this to the peculiar circumstances of the election. In the Shoutbox the RUMP leader has ascribed the mediocre performance of his party to the fallout of the Canun Case, which kept him from last-minute campaigning. He also rejected the notion that the FreeDems had a clear mandate for power on their terms, claiming that electors had in fact “voted all over the place”.

The RUMP leader told ETT that he could not say when an agreement could be reached, but that “there are several ongoing discussions between all the different parties, and I expect some of them will bear some fruit”. Indeed Sir Alexandreu posted on the ModRad party forum announcing he had contacted ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir “a few times” and was available to answer any questions from party members.

Attempts to contact both the ModRad leader and TNC leader Breneir Itravilatx were unsuccessful at the time of writing. However when seeking re-election as party leader in January of this year, Senator da Schir stated that a “lay-low crossbench term” would be his preferred option for the 49th Cosa, though he has subsequently reaffirmed the traditional ModRad policy of ruling out no government option before the end of the election.

For his part, the TNC leader has publicly reaffirmed his party’s insistence that they will not participate in government without “formal agreement for a majority-supported and stable coalition””.

A ModRad source has told ETT that the party had anticipated seat losses to both the FreeDems and the TNC, and that their primary concern at this point was figuring out how they could best advance their legislative goals. The source also confirmed that the party had received a coalition proposal from the RUMP, without revealing the details.

What is clear is that in the absence of a likely pre-election coalition, the King’s mediation will play a crucial role. Party leaders ETT has spoken to agree that they expect the King to contact each party leader individually to ascertain their views on the next government once the final election results are known.

According to the Organic Law “if no single party has a majority, the King shall appoint a Seneschál after consulting party leaders with the objective of finding a PM who can be sustained in subsequent Votes of Confidence by a majority of seats in the Cosâ.” The King has one month to announce the appointment of a Seneschal or the Cosa is automatically dissolved.

49th Cosa Election: 3/4 Majority passes, but doubts raised about King’s intentions

According to the provisional results published by the Chancery, voters in the 49th Cosa election have approved the two Organic Law amendments submitted for their approval. The Automatic Voting Validation Amendment and the 3/4 Majority Amendment were ratified by 77.6% and 61.6% of the voters respectively.

The Automatic Voting Validation Amendment is a technical measure that would allow for the validation of the Chancery’s electronic voting system prior to the vote. At the moment the Electoral Commission validates each vote cast individually after the election, a practice which the Amendment would end.

The 3/4 Majority Amendment, a measure addressing the aftermath of the “Proclamation Crisis”, would remove the monarch’s right to absolutely block an amendment by refusing to proclaim it, replacing it with a veto that could be overridden by the Ziu via a new 75% supermajority requirement. It would also deem an amendment proclaimed after a certain amount of time if the King takes no action on it.

The Proclamation Crisis began when the King asserted this constitutional right to block Organic Law amendments after their ratification by popular vote, by refusing to proclaim them. The King’s position was later ruled Organic by el Cort Inalt in 2016, following a legal challenge by the outgoing government.

The concern now being expressed is that the 3/4 Majority Amendment, which is still subject to the King’s existing right to “refuse to proclaim” an amendment, might be blocked either explicitly or by being left in a legal  limbo, if not dealt with by the King in any way.

On election night Miestrâ Schivâ called on the King to “proclaim 48RZ14 explicitly and formally, as soon as possible” describing this as “a gesture of trust”. Dama Schivâ has however told ETT that she believed that the King was “unlikely” to proclaim the amendment, though she thought that an explicit refusal may not be the route the King chooses.

She claimed that the Cort’s decision, the full version of which remains unpublished, has created a “constitutional mess” that gives the King a “line-item veto over the OrgLaw, simply by refusing to ever formally proclaim any amendment to it”. The King has himself identified this as a “timebomb” in the Organic Law.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu disagreed however that there was cause for concern, telling ETT that “yes, I think His Majesty will proclaim the 3/4 Majority Amendment”. ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir and TNC leader Breneir Itravilatx could not be reached for comment.

It seems unlikely any decision will be announced by the King before the completion of the Electoral Commission’s work. However the King’s most recent public comments on the issue may give an indication of his attitude to the amendment.

The King devoted his traditional Independence Day Speech from the Throne last December to the telling of a parable which concluded with a description of the gratitude of the residents of a traditional town towards their “Town Curmudgeon”, who stopped a destructive but popular redevelopment through use of a power similar to that claimed by the monarch. The King also declared in the Speech that he would be “careful not [original emphasis] to give up power…necessary to protect and preserve the Kingdom of Talossa”.

49th Cosa Election: New Senators settle in, Mençéi to be elected

Senator Lüc da Schir of Benito has opened the post-election session of the Senäts by welcoming the two newly elected Senators from Fiova and Cezembre, C. Carlüs Xheraltescù and Ian Anglatzarâ.

The new Senators-elect join the Senator for Maricopa, Munditenens Tresplet, who was re-elected unopposed, and the Senator for Mariitimi-Maxhestic, Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun, who returns to the Senäts after seeing off a challenge by RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu.

Senator Xhetaltescù, the outgoing Seneschal of the Kingdom, joins the Upper House after being elected unanimously to replace FreeDem party leader Miestrâ Schivâ. In thanking his electors Senator Xheraltescù stated that he would “tirelessly protect the freedoms and privacy of each citizen until the fight is eventually over”.

Senator Anglatzarâ, who replaces Txosuè Rôibeardsecù after the latter’s resignation, was elected with 84.2% of the vote, with the rest being cast for write-in candidates. Declaring that he was “humbled” by the result, he pledged to keep his office open to all citizens and to maintain a well-stocked drinks Cabinet.

The Senäts, which remains in session during Cosa elections, was recently at the forefront of the legislative response to the Canun Case. The Senators passed a motion of condemnation of their former colleague, who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence in the United States for sexual offences.

The first order of business of the new term is the election of the Senäts’ presiding officer, the Mençéi. The incumbent, Senator Pôl d’Aurìbuérg of Florencia, has announced his resignation, nominating Senator Tresplet for election as his successor. Senator Lüc da Schir was also nominated for the post by his ModRad colleague Senator da Lhiun.

49th Cosa Election: FreeDems largest party in Cosa, TNC make breakthrough

The Chancery has published the unverified results of the 49th Cosa Election. After 199 of 200 seats have been provisionally allocated, and contrary to most expectations, the FreeDems have achieved their goal of overtaking the RUMP as the Kingdom’s largest party:

Votes per party
FreeDems: 39 votes (+9)
RUMP: 36 votes (-7)
ModRads: 22 votes (-7)
TNC: 17 votes (NEW)
Progressives: 2 votes (-7)
Republicans: 2 votes (NEW)

Seven citizens voted “present”, down from 9 in the 48th Cosa election. A total of 19 votes were cast for parties unrepresented in the 48th Cosa, compared to 16 for “new” parties in the last election.

Hailing the result as “historic”, FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ invited the leaders of the other non-RUMP parties to contact her, stating “lets set up a government”. The FreeDem pledge to avoid traditional coalition, expand the role of non-political activities in Talossa and to maintain a hard line against royal “tyranny”” appear to have struck a chord with voters. With 66 seats, the FreeDem leader is however considerably short of a parliamentary majority, and will need to make arrangements with at least the ModRads to be assured of a clear majority in the Cosa:

Seats by party (199/200)
FreeDems: 66 (+19)
RUMP: 61 (-7)
ModRads: 37 (-9)
TNC: 29 (NEW)
Progressive: 3 (-11)*
Republican: 3 (NEW)*
* Provisional. Pending allocation of final seat

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu congratulated the FreeDems for their “strong showing”, and also congratulated the TNC for demonstrating that “new parties have a lot to offer Talossa”. Despite a series of ambitious campaign promises and an unsparing critique of what he claimed was the negligence of the coalition throughout its term in office, the RUMP leader appears to have been unable to convince voters that his party was essential to the next government. Critically for the RUMP, this new decline in support means that they have lost the blocking minority in the Cosa that gave them considerable influence in Organic Law matters. Sir Alexandreu also lost his bid to unseat ModRad Epic da Lhiun as Senator for Mariitimi-Maxhestic.

The ModRads, whose dramatic exit from the previous coalition led to considerable mutual recrimination between them and the FreeDems during the campaign, by contrast appear to have paid a price for their Christmas gambit. Having disavowed any ambition to lead the next government early in the campaign, the party appears to have suffered from the successful framing of the race as a Schivâ/Davinescu horse race, as well as competition from the TNC, led by ex-ModRad Breneir Itravilatx.

The TNC created the other surprise of the election, with a total of 17 votes in their first outing. With the “outsider” parties of the 48th Cosa apparently defunct, the TNC may have picked up support from heir now homeless voters. The party may also have profited from the decline in ModRad support, as well as the collapse in votes for the Progs, who were reduced to residual status with only 2 votes after a late start to their campaign.

Another minor party, Colonel Carbonel’s Republican Party, also has a total of two votes,  leaving the Chancery to decide how to allocate the final seat between them.