The Greens reject an internal referendum supported by the party leadership
The internal referendum supported by the party leadership to simplify the organization and adapt the EELV to the “conquest of power” was rejected and plunged the environmental party even further into the crisis already fueled by the Bayou affair.
According to two leaders from Europe Écologie-Les Verts (EELV), the referendum received around 54% yes, a far cry from the 66% required for adoption.
The introduction to the referendum urged people to “say yes to the end of motions as machines for creating opacity and militant demobilization. Yes to more transparent and readable operations”.
The ‘yes’ vote was backed by Marine Tondelier, who is due to look for the party leader at the party conference scheduled for December, and many elected officials. “The complexity of our statutes excludes them, they need to be simplified,” the municipal council of Hénin-Beaumont told AFP.
The opaque debates and internal struggles are well known in the political world and are regularly teased. But the bar of 66%, with blank ballots counted, was too high for a controversial proposal.
That setback for EELV’s management comes as the party is rocked by allegations of moral harassment against National Secretary Julien Bayou by a former collaborator. Testimony by MP Sandrine Rousseau in a Monday program meeting this ex-companion prompted the environmental group in the National Assembly to suspend Julien Bayou from his co-presidency.
An unwelcome affair: the 23 MEPs somehow tried to get out of the shadow of La France insoumise (LFI), which monopolizes media attention, strong with its 75 MEPs and with a divisive tone. One party is currently in the Quatennens affair.
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