Sarkozy party set for huge majority in parliament vote

15th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 15, 2007 (AFP) - With just three days to go before the final round in parliamentary elections, a poll on Thursday showed President Nicolas Sarkozy's rightwing party poised to win a sweeping majority.

PARIS, June 15, 2007 (AFP) - With just three days to go before the final round in parliamentary elections, a poll on Thursday showed President Nicolas Sarkozy's rightwing party poised to win a sweeping majority.

The Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and its allies are expected to win between 405 and 435 seats in the 577-member National Assembly, while the leftist opposition would get between 137 and 174 seats, according to the TNS-Sofres/Unilog poll.

The survey showed the UMP would strengthen its current contingent of 359 deputies, giving Sarkozy a clear mandate to enact the reforms that he promised during his campaign for the presidency.

During the first round of voting on Sunday, 110 MPs were elected but only one of those came from the Socialist Party.

The Socialists are set to win between 124 and 155 seats compared to the 149 members they currently have in the lower house of parliament.

The Communist Party are credited with between 10 and 15 seats and the Greens are expected to win between two and four seats.

The centrist Democratic Movement party is expected to win one or two seats.

Sarkozy, who took over from Jacques Chirac last month, plans to present a first raft of bills to give universities more autonomy, tighten immigration, make labour laws more flexible and reduce taxation during an extraordinary session of the new parliament opening on June 26.


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Subject: French news

 

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