24October2017

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ELECTIONS IN ENGLAND AND FRANCE

Britain held an  early election last week that had been planned since some time before. The early election proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May, was expected to help May to immediately settle Britain’s separation  with the EU, Brexit. Europe itself did not want to linger about the separation.

But what is dreamed is not the same as what is gained. Instead of paving the way for a total separation plan, the Conservative party lost its majority in parliament and the current parliamentary position hangs. Despite the win, the conservative party can not rule without coalition partners. Of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, the Conservative party has only 310 seats and if all seats not yet counted belong to the Conservative party then the total number is only 324, which means it can not be an absolute majority. Before the election, the Conservative Party occupied 330 seats and the Labor Party had 229 seats. With such out-of-the-box results, Jeremy Corbyn, chairman of the Labor party, even dared to urge Theresa May to resign.

Observers expect May's courage to hold early elections was due to  some survey favoring  the Conservatives to 21 percent. This means that the percentage,  if converted, can make the achievement of  up to 100 seats. The courage is also due to internal divisions in the Labor party which according to   political calculations  could make them lose 100 seats. But apparently the results obtained were not what May had expected.

Different from England, in France, Republique En Marche, the party formed by President Emmanuel Macron won 28% in the first round of legislative elections. This is a great victory for a newly formed party. Together with his ally MoDem which earned 4 percent of the vote, the two if  combined,  could make up the majority with more than 400 seats in Parliament. That is,  if they win again in the second round of elections next week. Unfortunately despite winning, the number of votes is still less than 50%.

This result is a strong support for President Macron. During the last presidential election, many left-wingers voted for Macron for not wanting Marine Le Pen, the right-wing leader  to win. Many of them later claimed they would not support President Macron in the legislative elections. But the fact is, the opponents had to swallow their own words. What happened  in Britain and in France is the dynamics in democracy. Theresa May's comfortable position became difficult because of her ambition through early elections. In contrast, Macron's whose position was previously difficult  became relatively easy because of the first round of election blessings. There is no such thing as everlasting  in politics to gain power.

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