Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Constitutional reform: uncertainties after the Senate vote – Liberation

A few hours after the deadly explosions in Brussels, the Senate majority to the right was buried Tuesday the controversial issue of deprivation of nationality provided for in the draft constitutional revision post-bombings in Paris, obérant the prospect of Congress.

After the Assembly in early February, the Senate passed the draft amendment, by 176 votes against 161, with 11 abstentions, but with Article 2 of the forfeiture rewritten, so as not to create statelessness . Now both houses must agree on the same text for any revision.

With an overwhelming majority of the Senate to the right and left almost unanimous against this result is further away from the 3 / 5th of votes cast needed to Parliament in Congress.

at his request, Senate President Gerard Larcher (LR) meet late Wednesday afternoon François Hollande. He wants the head of state “take its responsibilities on this text, in particular on Article 2 (on disqualification) which fracture majority and opposition.” “If this text is symbolic, it does not respond to this priority” that is “security for all”.

Meanwhile, Manuel Valls said he wanted to continue to “walk and talk”, saying that “the French do not understand that the National Assembly and the Senate, the majority and the opposition, can not agree. “

” the government, with the presidents of the assemblies, of course with the President of the Republic, will take initiatives, provided you know where we’re going, “a- he added in the Chamber without advancing date

Two scenarios seem possible yet, according to government sources. continue the reform project with the only article 1 of the entrenchment of the regime of state of emergency, more consensual as withdrawal, possibly by adding to it the reform of the Supreme Judicial Council; . Or failing to renounce the whole project

Many voices to the left and to the UDI advocate the first option

-. ‘Recovering politician’ –

This election was held in a heavy and tense situation following the attacks in the morning in Brussels, claimed by the Islamic State group, which left at least 34 dead and nearly 200 wounded, according to a report temporary.

Several senators, such ecologist Esther Benbassa, deplored a “politician recovery.” The name of the leader of the PS deputies Bruno Le Roux, who was taken to Twitter to “irresponsible Senate right” was booed in the Chamber.

And each has returned the responsibility of a possible abandonment of the constitutional amendment.

“Why blame the Senate to be faithful to the commitments of the President of the Republic?” , launched the patron of senators Republicans Bruno Retailleau, referring to ads Hollande Versailles on November 16 and fractures left on the decline.

“the Senate is not in a posture “and he” reached out “, has he also hammered, while several officials left until Prime Minister accused the Upper house not to seek agreement with the Assembly.

The party president RS Nicolas Sarkozy is himself came in the morning to say his “total solidarity” to the senators, recalling his “reservations on statelessness.” He however confirmed the compromise reached in the Assembly.

The Senate has decided to “let the stigma binational”, accused the boss of the PS Didier Guillaume group to justify his vote. MEPs had them open the forfeiture to all French theory in order to avoid creating “discrimination”.

Esther Benbassa ruled that “it is time to admit the failure” of the constitutional review, and “take action” against terrorism.

The arrested Friday in Brussels, Salah Abdeslam, had revived the debate on the deprivation of nationality. Only survivor of the commando who perpetrated the attacks of 13 November in Paris, Abdeslam is French by birth and no other nationality, so it would theoretically not involved in the Senate version.

This arrest “puts in Senate difficulty right “, accused the leader of the PS Jean-Christophe Cambadélis.

in contrast, the case of Abdeslam” justifies “the Senate position because” if we do a stateless “he n is “not deportable,” argued Mr. Retailleau



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