Emmanuel Macron ready “to go to a referendum at any time” on the contested reform of the electoral body

Emmanuel Macron ready “to go to a referendum at any time” on the contested reform of the electoral body
Emmanuel Macron ready “to go to a referendum at any time” on the contested reform of the electoral body

Emmanuel Macron ready “to go to a referendum at any time” on the contested reform of the electoral body

Emmanuel Macron says he is ready to submit the contested reform of the electoral body in New Caledonia to a national referendum, particularly if local elected officials fail to agree among themselves on the subject, in an interview with Parisian and published on Saturday.

“I can go to the referendum at any time” on this reform already adopted by the Senate then the Assembly, argues the Head of State, recalling however that his initial desire is for the Caledonian elected officials to agree on “a global agreement which would enrich the text already voted by Parliament”. The President of the Republic will announce his decision in ” a month “, according to the daily, date on which it will decide whether the provincial elections can take place this year.

After a vote in the same terms by both chambers, the president can in fact choose, to ratify a constitutional reform, to convene a referendum or the Congress, that is to say deputies and senators, in Versailles.

It is this last option which was until then favored, while parliamentarians had to ratify this unfreezing of the electoral body before the ” end of June “Emmanuel Macron indicated in mid-May.

“I assume a gesture of appeasement and openness but I will never make a decision to postpone or suspend under the pressure of violence”repeats Mr. Macron to Le Parisien.

The Head of State also reiterates his wish that New Caledonian elected officials agree on “a global agreement which would enrich the text already voted by Parliament”. A challenge, when the dialogue between independentists and non-independenceists seemed to be at a standstill at least until his arrival. “They all gave me the commitment to resume the global discussion”continues Mr. Macron, estimating that“we cannot say that I did not do my best to give peace every chance”.

The Head of State had thus opened the door to a vote by Caledonians on a potential agreement born from discussions between local elected officials, with the hope of reducing the tension which still remained high on Saturday. “Even if we come to the end of the violence, we will have to live together again. That’s the hardest part”admits the head of state.

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