The two deputies of the National Rally elected to the vice-presidency of the National Assembly, Hélène Laporte and Sébastien Chenu, shortly after their election, Wednesday June 29, 2022. JULIEN MUGUET FOR “THE WORLD” The deputies of the new National Assembly proceeded in the election of the office of the Palais-Bourbon, Wednesday, June 29, the day after the arrival of the deputy of Yvelines Yaël Braun-Pivet to the presidency of the institution. Six posts of vice-presidents, three posts of quaestors and twelve posts of secretaries were to be filled to allow parliamentarians to begin their legislative work – the election of the offices of the eight standing committees on Thursday will constitute the final stage. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Battle for key positions in the National Assembly: the dilemmas of the RN and LR After a controversy in 2017 over the allocation of a post of questor to the opposition, the majority had revised the rules, establishing a points system depending on the position to be filled. Tested for the first time, the new rules did not result in an agreement. Despite a three-hour meeting of the Conference of Presidents in the morning, the situation amounted at the start of the afternoon “to the most complete disorganization when they could have quietly achieved a balanced sharing”, lamented Bertrand Pancher , co-president of the independent group Freedoms, independents, overseas and territories. All the positions had to be voted on in public session, from 3 p.m., the number of candidates being greater than the number of places available. The deputies Sandrine Rousseau and Benjamin Lucas have, in fact, added their candidacy for the vice-presidency in extremis, “to block the far right”, they justified. The two candidates finally collected only about thirty votes. Eric Ciotti re-elected to the questure, Eric Woerth joins it Thus, six vice-presidents have been elected and will have the task of relaying the president to lead the sessions: Valérie Rabault (Socialist Party), Caroline Fiat (La France insoumise), Elodie Jacquier-Laforge (Democrat), Naïma Moutchou (Horizons), Sébastien Chenu and Hélène Laporte (National Rally). The elected socialist will occupy the post of first vice-president. “Tamboouille”, “denial of democracy”, “sordid tricks”: the deputies of the New Popular and Social Union denounced, after the results, an agreement which, according to them, would have had the objective of marginalizing the left. Read also: Explore the profile of the 89 deputies of the National Rally: professions, previous mandates and ideological trajectories Elected to the vice-presidency with 290 votes for Mr. Chenu and 284 votes for Mrs. Laporte, the candidates of the RN mathematically benefited from the votes of the presidential majority and the right since the RN group has only 89 members. Benjamin Lucas thus evoked “a sad day for the Republic and its values” at the microphone of La Chaîne parliamentary. Marie Guévenoux and Eric Woerth (Renaissance), as well as Eric Ciotti (Les Républicains) were then elected Quaestors, in charge of the finances of the Assembly. The latter recovers the position reserved for the opposition, to the chagrin of MP Annie Genevard, who wanted Les Républicains to benefit from a vice-presidency as a key position and thus be able to continue to chair debates like this was the case in the previous legislature. The elected official expressed her dissatisfaction via Twitter, judging that “arithmetic has a good back” and that “the majority is alone against Nupes and RN”. Read also Words to understand the functioning of the National Assembly: dissolution, motion of censure, joint joint commission Faced with accusations of negotiations between Renaissance, LR and RN to distribute the posts, Aurore Bergé, president of the majority group at the Assembly, returned the ball to the Nupes camp. “They wanted to present two ecological candidates who did not even retain the votes of their entire intergroup, they did not even vote for their own candidates, it is rather astonishing”, she reacted . At the end of the day, the office of the National Assembly was completed with the election of the twelve secretaries of the office. Seven deputies from the majority and three deputies from Nupes were elected, alongside an elected member from Les Républicains and an elected member from the Libertés, Indépendants, Outre-mer et Territoires group. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Yaël Braun-Pivet enters history as the first woman elected to the presidency of the National Assembly Le Monde with AFP
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