A temporary collegiate administration at EELV to replace Bayou
Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) will be co-led by the two deputy national secretaries, Léa Balage El Mariky and Jérémie Crépel, until Congress must appoint a successor to Julien Bayou, who resigned from his post as national secretary on Monday, according to the party.
“Following the announcement of Julien Bayou’s resignation from his duties as National Secretary of the EELV, the Executive Office has acted on the principle of collegiate leadership around Deputy National Secretary Léa Balage El Mariky and Deputy National Secretary Jérémie Crépel until the appointment, leading to a new orientation at the next federal party conference” of the environmental party, announced the executive committee, which met on Tuesday afternoon.
Julien Bayou announced on Monday that he is stepping down from his post to address allegations of psychological abuse against his ex-girlfriend, which he denies. He has also resigned his post as co-president of the EELV group in the assembly, but remains deputy.
A congress is planned for December to renew the leadership of the EELV.
Cyrielle Châtelain, who co-chaired the Green MEPs group with Bayou, is now the sole chair of the assembly.
“We live in a special moment,” Léa Balage told AFP. “I’m thinking of the activists who have gone through a period of wonder over the past few weeks with the developments in the Bayou affair.” “We need to be able to have a more peaceful situation now” and “a working direction,” she explained.
Marine Tondelier, EELV elected by Hénin-Baumont, is approached to seek leadership of the party in December. She told AFP she gave “all her support” to Léa Balage and Jérémie Crépel.
“Moments of great tension, we already know them. We are used to sticking together and facing up in those moments,” she added.
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