NPA splits after political disagreements – RT in French


At the end of its 5th congress, the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) split into two. The current of historical figures Philippe Poutou and Olivier Besancenot has recorded its differences with the defenders of a line deemed too “sectarian”.

The New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) split in two at the end of its 5th congress on December 10 and 11, the current of historical figures Philippe Poutou and Olivier Besancenot taking note of its political disagreements with the defenders of a line considered too “sectarian”.

“Several parties within the party”?

“We were in a situation, for a long time, where there were several parties in the party, with several orientations and several militant practices, and we who took the initiative of the separation. We couldn’t, we didn’t want to go on like this anymore,” Philipe Poutou, candidate for this small far-left party in the last three presidential elections, explained at a press conference on December 11.

“We decide to continue the NPA by acting on the separation with these groups”, specified in a press release the delegates of its current, that of the platform B which had collected 48.5% of the votes of the 2,000 members of the party before this. Congress.

“It is never with lightheartedness that we arrive at this political observation, but it is a fundamental political choice, that of reconnecting with what was the initial state of mind of the NPA in 2009 in a context which has obviously completely changed”, added the other presidential candidate Olivier Besancenot (2002 and 2007).

The party spokesperson pleaded for “a will that is both radical and unitary”, always “from an anti-capitalist perspective” but with greater “availability” for LGBT, feminist and ecological struggles.

LFI’s shadow

With this separation, “the NPA has chosen not to become a front of tendencies and organizations, nor a political sect”, he added, without commenting on rapprochement with the left, and in particular LFI .

With platform C, which obtained 45.3% of the vote, there is now “a fight for legitimacy” around the NPA, spokesperson Christine Poupin admitted during this press conference, while stressing that its current B is “most numerous” and claiming “historical and political legitimacy”.

“Spokespersons Olivier Besancenot and Philippe Poutou are breaking with the NPA. An irresponsible act!”, Denounced on December 11 on Twitter one of the spokespersons for the platform C, Gaël Quirante, who notably claims the support of the youth sector of the NPA. “Everywhere the committees, the federations, the branches of the NPA must come together and take a clear stand,” he demanded.

In a press release published on the evening of December 11, the supporters of Platform C assure that “the NPA will continue despite the departure of its main spokespersons” and indicate that “from Monday”, they “will bring together all the authorities of the NPA”.


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