2021 Paretian general election

2021 Paretian general election

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All seats in the Senado da Paretia and regional legislatures
Registered26,308,455
Turnout25,769,231 (97.95%; Increase 19.81 pp)
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Isilda Cerqueira Esmeralda Falcão Horácio Pacau
Party Patron League Social Democrats Alternative Party
Leader since 15 June 2021 11 August 2011 1 June 2016
Leader's seat none (Cresceu won) Vale de Precea Casiovio
Last election 65 C / 18 A 119 C / 33 A 28 C / 4 A
Seats before 66 C / 18 A 119 C / 33 A 28 C / 5 A
Seats won 164 C / 54 A 129 C / 42 A 32 C / 10 A
Seat change Increase98 C /Increase 36 A Increase10 C / Increase 9 A Increase4 C / Increase5 A
Votes 11,737,885 9,233,115 2,288,308
% and swing 45.55% Increase27.05% 35.83% Increase2.78% 8.88% Increase1.18%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Salomão Andrade Perpétua Venâncio Joel Campos
Party Paretian Section of the Workers' International The Greens Catholics for Liberty
Leader since 7 September 2019 February 5 2012 20 August 2007
Leader's seat Martessa Central São Miguel Ronchique
Last election 7 C / 4 A 20 C / 2 A 11 C / 13 A
Seats before 7 C / 4 A 20 C / 2 A 11 C / 12 A
Seats won 26 C / 9 A 2 C / 1 A 2 C / 1 A
Seat change Increase19 C / Increase5 A Decrease18 C / Decrease1 A Decrease9 C / Decrease11 A
Votes 1,860,538 161,731 153,002
% and swing 7.22% Increase5.28% 0.55% Decrease5% 0.54% Decrease2.6%

  Seventh party Eighth party
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Leader Nicole Barboza Alexandre Nobreza
Party Liberals of Paretia Conservative Union
Leader since 1 December 2014 21 June 2021
Leader's seat Jardinagem-Anestrel Jema (lost)
Last election 14 C / 6 A 77 C / 29 A
Seats before 14 C / 6 A 76 C / 29 A
Seats won 1 C / 0 A 1 C / 0 A
Seat change Decrease13 C / Decrease6 A Decrease75 C / Decrease29 A
Votes 107,987 77,987
% and swing .41% Decrease2.85% 0.30% Decrease20.83%

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Map of the results of the election, showing the constituencies and the party they voted for.

Premier before election

Isilda Cerqueira
Independent

Premier

Isilda Cerqueira
Patron League

The 2021 Paretian general election was held on August 4 2021. It was the first snap election in over 50 years in Paretia. It took place less than a year after the 2020 Paretian general election. The election was called on June 15th by King Erasmo, after disagreement within the diverse government coalition lead by Isilda Cerqueira fell apart after she joined the far-right populist Patron League and called for a snap election. The Conservative Union and Liberals of Paretia both left the coaltion, leading to a hung parliament, which then dissolved.

Cerqueira would become the Party Chairperson of the Patron League and serve as leader alongside Selena Caprichoso, who became General Secretariat. The LP's rise to power using populist rhetoric was emboldened by blaming the failures of the last decade on the UC and others. The Social Democrats initially took the lead in polls, closely ahead of the LP. The "old parties" of the right, the UC, CpL, and LdP were seen as obsolete by many and saw a massive freefall of support, many began to consider the LP as the new leader of the Paretian right-wing. Other populist, or anti-establishment parties rose alongside the LP, including the populist Alternative Party, and the far-left Paretian Section of the Workers' International.

Further scandals including the 2021 Trovão Elections Scandal, in which the SD, CpL, and UC were implicated in working with election and judicial officials in attempting to remove the LP from the ballot, would cause further collapse of the old parties. The scandal also saw massive growth in LP support to put them into the lead ahead of the SD.

The election was held on August 4th, and the results showed the LP becoming the largest party in both houses of the Senado da Paretia, The SD would grow but not have enough to hold a majority, even with allying with other left-wing parties. The LP would then ally with the Alt Party, they would form an alliance called O Povo. The Social Democrats and other left-wing parties would form an opposition alliance known as Socialist Unity. The government was the first self-proclaimed far-right populist Paretian government since the functionalist government of Carlito Palmeira. Cerqueira would again be reinstated as Premier of Paretia, with the leaders of both ruling parties being made Deputy Premiers.

Background

Parties

Party Ideology Political position Leader 2020 result (Congresso) 2020 result (Assembleia)
Social Democrats Social democracy, progressivism, democratic socialism, pro-eucleanism Center-left Esmeralda Falcão
119 / 360
33 / 120
Conservative union Liberal conservatism, sotirian democracy, centrism, pro-eucleanism Center-right Alexandre Nobreza
76 / 360
29 / 120
Patron League Right-wing populism, Paretian nationalism, national conservatism, eucloscepticism Far-right Isilda Cerqueira
Selena Caprichoso
66 / 360
18 / 120
Alternative Party Populism, big tent, direct democracy, eucloscepticism Big tent Horácio Pacau
28 / 360
5 / 120
Greens Green politics , green socialism, environmentalism, pro-eucleanism Center-left Perpétua Venâncio
20 / 360
2 / 120
Liberals of Paretia Social liberalism , centrism, sotirian democracy, pro-eucleanism Center Nicole Barboza
15 / 360
6 / 120
Catholics for Liberty Sotirian democracy , social conservatism, religious conservatism, pro-eucleanism Center-right Joel Campos
11 / 360
12 / 120
Paretian Section of the Workers' International Council socialism, revolutionary socialism, libertarian socialism Far-left Salomão Andrade
7 / 360
4 / 120
Esmeira Party Esmeiran regionalism, social conservatism Center-right Salvador Modesto
7 / 360
3 / 120
Tosuton Front Tosuton regionalism, social democracy Center-left Roser de Fontanel
5 / 360
3 / 120
Vicisan Party Vicisan regionalism, social democracy, direct democracy Center-left Xusta das Criadas
2 / 360
3 / 120
Party for Luzelese Interests Luzelese regionalism, liberal conservatism Center-right Guilherme Brilha
1 / 360
2 / 120
Luzelese Dominion party Luzelese nationalism, social conservatism Center-right Raúl Torres
2 / 360
0 / 120

Campaign

An SD poster, using unifying symbolism
An LP poster, using populist symbolism

Campaigning officially began on the 22nd of June 2021. About a week after Cerqueira joined the Patron League and the call for snap election was accepted by King Erasmo.

The Patron League began rallying in Esmeira on the 22nd of June. The first rally was held in Vallenoche, there Premier Isilda Cerqueira gave a speech alongside Selena Caprichoso announcing the shift in the party's leadership positions. Their campaign focused heavily on populist rhetoric. A common target was the EC, which the party believes is "detrimental to Paretia's sovereignty" and was open to a referendum to leave the community. The campaign adopted multiple slogans, such as "Fight for the people!", "Paretia first!" or "Revolta!". The party commonly used various populist terms like "the bloodsuckers" or "the cronies" to describe the EC and Paretian elites. The party took a unique position on various issues to appeal to it's populist message, some positions of the party are considered left-wing, but inherently populist.

The Social Democrats held their first rally in Sidaloa, Luzela on the 22nd of June. The party commonly referred to numerous failures during the Vasco Gonçalves and Isilda Cerqueira governments. The party called for "change" and the bring the Pink Wave to Paretia. The party called for expanding Paretia's friendship with other EC nations. It also called for Paretia to further support the rights of minorities within the country, especially the LGBT community. The party called for a reformation of Paretia's policing and advocated for putting more strict rules into how policing is conducted to protect citizens from police brutality. The party used rhetoric of "unity" against "the dangerous far-right and the corrupt center".

WIP

Controversies

Paretian far-right functionalists rallying in support of the Patron League

The election saw various controversies, the largest being the 2021 Trovão elections scandal, which on the 23rd of July, an anonymous source approached the Patron League and multiple news outlets revealing an attempt to ban the LP from the ballot in the districts overseen by the Trovão Elections Commission and the Trovão High Court. The source also said that multiple party members from different parties, including the SD, UC, and CpL were involved in working with Trovão authorities in trying to find a way to remove the LP from the ballot. Leadership from the parties denied any knowledge of the events, LP leaders announced that they will punish those involved. Selena Caprichoso said in response at a LP rally, "They know we are going take these districts in the snap election, we are polling in great numbers there. They're scared of us, our movement and a possible victory for Paretian democracy!" The scandal led to a surge in support for the LP within the final weeks of the election season. The LP used the scandal as evidence of the Paretian elites working together to subvert Paretian sovereignty.

The Patron League were no strangers to controversies. One of them being the party's use of conspiracy theories against the Euclean Community and older Paretian parties. Some of them include the idea of Great Replacement Theory, in which they believe the EC is trying to led Coian migrants into the country to replace the white population and therefore make it "more malleable by the elites".

Another controversy of the LP was the support they saw the Paretian functionalist far-right. Many of neo-functionalists in Paretia endorsed the LP and held rallies in support of the Party, many of which saw violence with anti-functionalist counter-protests. Many of the leaders of the far-right wish to return the country to the functionalist state that ruled during the Great War. Although LP leaders refused to accept the far-right's endorsements, many of them were allowed to rally with them in support and attend LP rallies.

Endorsements

Media Outlets

Individuals

Social Democrats

Patron League

Conservative Union

Alternative Party

Paretian Section of the Workers' International

Organizations

Social Democrats

Patron League

Conservative Union

Alternative Party

Paretian Section of the Workers' International

Liberals of Paretia

Results

Assembleia Nacional

Congresso

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Party Votes % Result +/-
Patron League 11,737,885 45.55%
164 / 360
Increase 98
Social Democrats 9,233,115 35.83%
129 / 360
Increase 10
Alternative Party 2,288,308 8.88%
32 / 360
Increase 4
Paretian Section of the Workers' International 1,860,538 7.22%
26 / 360
Increase 19
Greens 161,731 0.55%
2 / 360
Decrease 18
Catholics for Liberty 153,002 0.54%
2 / 360
Decrease 9
Liberals of Paretia 107,987 0.41%
1 / 360
Decrease 13
Conservative Union 77,987 0.30%
1 / 360
Decrease 75
Tosuton Front 24,170 0.09%
1 / 360
Decrease 4
Esmeira Party 24,120 0.09%
1 / 360
Decrease 6
Vicisan Party 23,080 0.08%
1 / 360
Decrease 1
Party for Luzelese Interests 23,050 0.08%
0 / 360
Decrease 1
Luzelese Dominion Party 23,036 0.08%
0 / 360
Decrease 2
Other parties 31,222 0.012%
0 / 360

Assembleia

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Party Votes % Result +/-
Patron League 10,574,096 45.55%
54 / 120
Increase 36
Social Democrats 8,319,803 35.82%
42 / 120
Increase 9
Alternative Party 2,064,477 8.88%
10 / 120
Increase 5
Paretian Section of the Workers' International 1,679,484 7.21%
9 / 120
Increase 5
Greens 145,557 0.62%
1 / 120
Decrease 1
Catholics for Liberty 137,701 0.59%
1 / 120
Decrease 11
Liberals of Paretia 101,188 0.43%
1 / 120
Decrease 6
Party for Luzelese Interests 28,735 0.12%
1 / 120
Decrease 1
Luzelese Dominion Party 24,365 0.1%
1 / 120
Increase 1
Conservative Union 24,201 0.1%
0 / 120
Decrease 29
Tosuton Front 23,222 0.1%
0 / 120
Decrease 3
Esmeira Party 23,055 0.09%
0 / 120
Decrease 3
Vicisan Party 22,653 0.09%
0 / 120
Decrease 3
Other parties 23,770 0.1%
0 / 120

Constituent Kingdoms

Luzela

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Government (67)
     Patron League (61)
     Alternative Party (6)
Supported by (2)
     Party for Luzelese Interests (2)
Opposition (66)
     Social Democrats (48)
     Luzelese Section of the Workers' International (5)
     Unionists of Luzela (4)
     Luzelese Conservative Union (3)
     Greens (2)
     Liberals of Luzela (1)
     Luzelese Dominion Party (1)
     Luzelese Catholic League (4)

Esmeira

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Government (59)
     Patron League (38)
     Alternative Party (21)
Opposition (56)
     Social Democrats (27)
     Esmeiran Section of the Workers' International (7)
     Conservative Union (4)
     Greens (4)
     Esmeiran Catholic League (3)
     Liberals of Esmeira (3)
     Esmeira Party (2)
     Tenorian Party (2)
     Deguitan League (2)
     Separate! (2)

Tosutonia

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Government (64)
     Social Democrats (35)
     Tosuton Section of the Workers' International (15)
     Greens (8)
     Tosuton Front (6)
Opposition (41)
     Patron League (19)
     Alternative Party (10)
     Freedom for Tosutonia (4)
     Conservative Union (3)
     Tosuton Catholic League (3)
     Liberals of Tosutonia (2)

Vicisa

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Government (42)
     Patron League (36)
     Alternative Party (6)
Opposition (38)
     Social Democrats (21)
     Vicisan Party (4)
     Vicisan Section of the Workers' International (3)
     Conservative Union (2)
     Vicisan Catholic League (3)
     Liberals of Vicisa (2)
     Greens (2)
     Rally Together (1)