Sarkozy presents committee to reform governance

19th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 18, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday formally inaugurated a cross-party committee tasked with proposing changes to the country's system of government.

PARIS, July 18, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday formally inaugurated a cross-party committee tasked with proposing changes to the country's system of government.

The 13-member body, chaired by former centre-right prime minister Edouard Balladur, has till November to formulate its ideas, which could then be put into a reform of the constitution.

Sarkozy said he wanted the reforms to be in place by early next year, which is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Fifth Republic.

The main proposals are to allow the president to appear before the National Assembly; to limit his mandate to two five-year terms; to beef up the role of the parliamentary opposition; and to introduce a degree of proportional representation in parliamentary elections.

Four senior left-wing figures are on the committee, including former minister Jack Lang who last week resigned from the leadership of the Socialist Party (PS) after he was threatened with sanctions if he accepted Sarkozy's invitation.


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