with the filing of two motions of censure, elected Republicans at the heart of covetousness

Alexandre Chauveau
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07:29, March 18, 2023

After the use of 49-3 to have the pension reform project adopted in the Assembly, the opposition groups counterattacked. Two motions of censure were tabled. But for them to succeed, the vote of the Republican deputies will be decisive.

After having resorted to article 49-3 to push through the highly contested pension reform, the various opposition groups in the National Assembly are organizing their response. Two motions of censure were tabled Friday afternoon in the Assembly: one by the National Rally, the other transpartisan, at the initiative of the LIOT group. To overthrow the government, each motion must gather an absolute majority of 287 deputies.

The coveted Republicans

Once again, the group Les Républicains finds itself at the heart of covetousness. And for good reason: these motions of censure will need the votes of LR deputies to gather a majority. According to the latest estimates, it would take between 25 and 30 votes of Republican deputies to achieve an absolute majority.

A figure nevertheless unattainable, most not wishing to mix their voices with those of the Nupes, the Left Alliance bringing together the Communists, the rebellious France, the ecologists and the Socialist Party.

The left does not despair

No right-wing elected official has signed the transpartisan motion. An approach that the left regrets which, nevertheless, does not despair of convincing its colleagues on the right. “Now, I hope that as many as possible (of elected Republicans, editor’s note) will vote for them so that we make the government insecure and show a little more that it no longer has any legitimacy vis-à-vis this assembly”, explains LFI deputy Eric Coquerel at the microphone of Europe 1.

The two motions will be debated Monday afternoon in the hemicycle. And Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is making it a referendum for or against the reform. And if last Thursday, the Prime Minister found herself without a majority to vote for the reform, the latter should therefore not have to resign from her government despite the opposition’s attempts to do so.


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