The Republicans party will nominate its presidential candidate by a vote of its only members, announced the president of the party Christian Jacob, at the end of a congress where this method was preferred to that of the primary.
Called to vote electronically since the evening of September 24, the members of the Republicans (LR) chose by nearly six out of ten voters the option of a two-round congress to designate the candidate who will represent the party at the ‘presidential election. The participation rate reached 50.28%.
“This is good news, it allows December 4 that the debate is closed [et que la droite soit] gathered behind a union candidate ”, welcomed the party president Christian Jacob on September 25.
The vote concerned a modification of the statutes, which since 2015 provided for a primary. But the experience left a bitter taste in 2016, eliminating Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round, and exacerbating tensions until the failure of François Fillon in the presidential election.
The Republicans have therefore chosen this September 25 to reserve the vote only to LR members “up to date of contribution 15 days before the poll”, and in two rounds also. An expected choice, given the reluctance for the primary displayed by the activists in a vast survey published on September 22 by LR.
This option opens the door to the participation of Xavier Bertrand, leading the polls without crushing the match, who would be “ready to submit” to a congress while he rejected the idea of a primary, according to Christian Jacob.
This congress will be set up under the leadership of an organizing committee comprising “a representative of each of the candidates”. For the moment are declared Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR) and Michel Barnier, supporters of an open primary, as well as Eric Ciotti and Philippe Juvin. “It’s up to them to formulate [leur demande]», Clarified Christian Jacob.
The candidates will have to recognize themselves in “the values of the right and the center”, and to have collected at least 250 sponsorships of elected officials supported by LR. A control body will be created to verify “the admissibility of applications” with regard in particular to their “compatibility” with these values.
Another innovation, LR will have a “prevention procedure” to be able to disconnect the candidate if he “cannot, for whatever reason”, stay in the race. The idea is to avoid a crash similar to that of François Fillon in 2017.