French President Emmanuel Macron lost an absolute majority in the National Assembly after the second round of legislative elections on Sunday, a ballot marked by a strong advance of the far right led by Marine Le Pen, polls show at the polls, reports AFP.
If the final result is confirmed, it would be a major failure for the Elysee leader, who would thus have to seek alliances to implement his political agenda.
According to the first projections after the closing of the polls, the Ensemble! Macron’s (Together) would get between 200 and 260 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, well below the absolute majority of 289 deputies.
Instead, the left-wing “NUPES” alliance led by leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon would get between 150 and 200 seats, becoming the main opposition force.
The same estimates indicate between 60 and 100 seats for the far-right National Assembly party, led by Marine Le Pen.
As for the traditional right, it gets about 60 seats and could play the role of arbitrator in the future legislature.
The elections were also marked by a significant absenteeism, estimated at 53.5-54%, the turnout being just below the first round.
Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.
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