Jul 7, 2024, 11:28 AM

French voters head to polls for 2nd round of parl. election

French voters head to polls for 2nd round of parl. election

TEHRAN, Jul. 07 (MNA) – Voters in France started heading to polling stations for the second round of elections on Sunday to elect new members of parliament as the country finds itself at a crucial political crossroads.

Over 43 million registered voters will be able to cast ballots to elect the remaining 501 members of the National Assembly, the lower chamber of parliament, for a five-year term.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600GMT), with voting continuing for up to 12 hours, Anadolu Agency reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the parliament and announced snap elections after the far-right National Rally (RN) swept more than 31% of the vote in the European Parliament elections on June 9, defeating his centrist bloc.

The first round of the elections took place on June 30 with a turnout of over 65% and over 49 million voters cast ballots.

The RN got 29.26% of the vote by itself, a rate that rises to over 33% when combined with its allies, according to official election results.

The left-wing alliance New Popular Front (NFP) got 28.06%, and the centrist Together for the Republic alliance backed by Macron finished third with slightly over 20.04%.

A political party or alliance needs at least 289 seats to secure a majority in the National Assembly.

Some candidates got a majority of at least 50% in their constituencies and were elected in the first round, hence a second round will not be held in 76 constituencies across France, where RN got 37 seats, NFP 32, and Together two.

However, candidates who fell short of 50% in the first round will now fight to have the highest tally.

More than 210 candidates - including 131 from the NFP and 82 from Together - who accessed the second round withdrew last week in favor of a stronger peer who might have a better chance of countering the far right.


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