Ary Chalus, the president of the Guadeloupe area, from popularity to political disavowal | EUROtoday

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Very intelligent can be the individual succesful of assigning a definitive political label to the president of the Guadeloupe area, Ary Chalus. His line is Guadeloupe and the Guadeloupeans, he typically says, taking over the slogan of his get together Guadeloupe united, united and accountable (GUSR), “think Guadeloupe, act Guadeloupe”. To the nice dismay of his adversaries, for whom love of nation can’t be a political line.

The reality stays that the components resonates with the inhabitants. “It’s because he was the most popular among us that he was propelled to the top of the Changing the Future list in 2015, for the regional ones”mentioned in the world the deputy Olivier Serva (LIOT), operating mate at the time. Mr. Chalus owes his popularity to his omnipresence on the floor, his skill to communicate to everybody, to shake fingers, to pat folks on the again in a pleasant method. He is concerned in all building websites, all tasks, even outdoors the space of ​​competence of his group. “Populism!” »taunt his adversaries.

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His objective ? Help Guadeloupe and municipalities of all political stripes, he insists. Families too, even when it means utilizing their MP mandate expense allowance envelope to “pay a round trip to France for a child suffering from Zika” And “buy a wheelchair”, as he informed a neighborhood media in June. If the affair is in the crosshairs of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, which opened an investigation in 2020, this quest for the love of the folks may have allowed him to occupy quite a few elected positions: municipal, as an advisor, then as as first deputy of Paul Mado, elected mayor of Baie-Mahault in 2001. The loss of life of the councilor three weeks after the election will make Ary Chalus the chief of the commune for fifteen years. He was additionally a departmental councilor, then a deputy, earlier than stealing the place of regional president from his rival and predecessor Victorin Lurel, in 2015, an election now tainted by a suspicion of unlawful financing, which put him in danger of ineligibility.

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According to his detractors, the elected official just isn’t with out flaws: technical weak point on information, inconsistency of determination, agitated, repute as an inappropriate flirt, clientelism… The criticisms are raining down. On the benches of the regional meeting, the opposition denounces opaque working strategies and unsafe administration of regional affairs. “He over-recruited in the community, the management of European funds [dont la région a la charge] is harmful and land development is slowing down”evokes Bernard Guillaume (Socialist Party), the president of the group of elected representatives of the minority, Péyi Gwadloup.

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