in Guadeloupe, the left clashes in a “patchwork” of dissidences | EUROtoday

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In the Guadeloupe archipelago, three outgoing senators will attempt to maintain the three seats that the election on Sunday September 24 places into play: Victorin Lurel, Dominique Théophile and Victoire Jasmin. While the latter appeared, in 2017, on the listing of the former abroad minister of François Hollande, this time she stands on her personal two ft. “I am a woman, I have a good record, I defended my territory”argues the outgoing senator, placing ahead her want “to be a model for young Guadeloupean women”.

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But his ambition to be head of the listing for the Socialist Party (PS) was shattered by the strategies required by the occasion’s statutes, which give for the designation of candidates by votes of native members and activists, and the exclusion of those that don’t want to undergo it. “She did not want to respect the rules, so it was normal for her to leave the PS authorities”notes with out additional formality Victorin Lurel, now his opponent.

The socialist is main his marketing campaign on a selection that he summarizes as follows: “For Mr. Macron’s policy or against Mr. Macron’s policy.” A speech which recollects the function of the Senate, primarily on the proper, going through the energy in place, and in addition targets the third outgoing senator, Dominique Théophile, affiliated with the native Guadeloupe united, united and accountable occasion, a motion supported and financed by the presidential occasion.

“Uncertainty over the outcome of the vote”

I do not want to get into a form of parliamentary athleticism which consists of taking stock by depoliticizing the election”provides Mr. Lurel, who’s banking on a sturdy “local opposition to Emmanuel Macron, including among major voters”and recollects the electoral successes of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen in Guadeloupe throughout the 2022 presidential election. But he concedes “ uncertainty over the outcome of the vote » due to the dilution of votes caused by these multiple candidacies and the risk of losing a seat.

Because Victoire Jasmin is not the only one to have seceded. In recent years, the ex-socialist (he was excluded) Jocelyn Sapotille has made multiple trips back and forth between the PS, to which he had belonged for a long time, and a claimed political independence. The president of the Association of Mayors of Guadeloupe finally, once again, chose dissent. “I call it freedom”, smiles the head of the listing, additionally banking on his working mates to win the seat. Because, in territories like Guadeloupe, the place individuals vote out of friendship greater than out of political affinity, the listing vote expresses all its pressure.

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