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As it happened: Macron’s centrist party wins absolute majority in French legislative elections

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Latest update : 2017-06-18

French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist LREM party and its allies have won an absolute majority in France's lower-house National Assembly.

  • According to an Ipsos poll, Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) party is expected to take 319 of 577 seats in the lower-house National Assembly, securing an absolute majority along with its centrist ally, MoDem, which is estimated to take 42 seats for a total of 361.
  • The conservatives are expected to win 126 seats, the former ruling Socialist Party 46 seats, the far-left 26 seats and the far-right eight seats in a new-look legislature.
  • Two populist major ex-presidential candidates have won the seats they were contesting: National Front leader Marine Le Pen and far-left La France Insoumise leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
  • All six of the cabinet members running in this election -- whose government jobs depended on a winning result -- were elected or re-elected.
  • Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadélis announced on Sunday he would retire from the post, after losing to his LREM rival in the first round of voting.
  • Voter turnout was exceptionally low on Sunday, with more than 56 percent abstaining, a record.

 

 

Date created : 2017-06-18

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