Friday, December 15, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Macron's party set to win parliamentary vote in France

The new president's party is expected to hold a majority in parliament, as many French voters abstain from the poll.

France's President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party has seized a big lead in the French parliamentary election's first round, projected results polls show, setting him on course for a massive majority to push through his pro-business reforms.

Sunday's results, if confirmed, are another blow to the country's mainstream Socialist and conservative parties already reeling from Macron's election in May, which blew apart the left-right divide that has shaped French politics for the past century.

Pollsters said well over 30 percent of those who voted had picked Macron's centrist party in the first round, a result which they said could deliver him as much as three quarters of lower house seats when the second round results come in next week.

His one-year-old Republic on the Move (LREM) party fielded more than 400 candidates, bringing together seasoned veterans and political novices including a former bullfighter, fighter pilot and ex-armed police commander.

But the election was marked with a low turnout, with just 41 percent of registered voters in France having cast ballots by late afternoon.


READ MORE: French parliamentary elections: All you need to know


The head of the leftist Socialist party, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, said that there would be no room for democratic debate in the parliament if Macron's party were to win the forecasted landslide in the second round.

"It's a renewal of the political class," Reuters news agency quoted Jose Jeffrey, a health ministry administrator who voted LREM, as saying. "I've known people who have been MPs for 40 years."

At the close of voting, pollster Elabe projected Macron's Republic on the Move and its centre-right Modem ally would win 32.6 percent of the first round vote.

Trailing behind, the conservative Republican party and their allies were forecast securing 20.9 percent support.

The far-right National Front party secured 13.1 percent, and the Socialist Party and a grouping of left-wing parties only managed nine percent.

Elabe projected this would translate in the second round into a massive 415-445 seats for LREM-Modem, Reuters reported.

The Republicans would become the largest opposition force with 80-100 seats, Elabe projected.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

May loses Brexit vote in parliament ahead of EU summit

Read More

Macron: World is losing battle against climate change

Read More

Ukraine authorities to appeal Saakashvili's release

Read More

EU shuns call to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Read More

Netanyahu seeks EU support on Jerusalem status

Read More

New drug offers hope for treating Huntington's disease

Read More

Global_News

Demonstrations against US recognition of Jerusalem turn deadly as Israeli troops open fire in Gaza and West Bank.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'