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BBC News - France UMP crisis: Ex-PM Juppe 'fails to resolve crisis'

France's ex-PM Alain Juppe has said he had failed to resolve a leadership dispute within the conservative opposition UMP party.

He said "conditions for a mediation were not met" during talks between the party's two rival leaders.

Earlier, representatives of ex-PM Francois Fillon and party secretary general Jean-Francois Cope walked out of a meeting over ballot disputes.

Both scored almost exactly 50% of the vote in a recent leadership contest.

Mr Cope was declared the winner, but Mr Fillon demanded a recount. Each side is accusing the other of electoral fraud.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 03:00:14 PM EST
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Juppé having conceded that he lacks the authority to mediate, he has suggested that Sarkozy might (Fillon is currently having lunch with Sarko)

We'll see if he's that dumb. I doubt it. Copé is unshakeably determined that it's his handbasket.

Any moment now, the disputes commission will announce, surprise surprise, that Copé has won.

The treasurer of the UMP has just resigned, having pointed out that the salaried staff of the organisation have been working full-time for Copé's election for weeks now. This will strengthen Fillon's legal challenge, which he will probably initiate this afternoon.

More fun to come!

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 07:43:11 AM EST
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Copé wins, with 86911 votes.
Fillon 85959.
Several polling places invalidated (Nice, New Caledonia), as required by Copé's team.

Next step is for Fillon to lay a complaint before the justice system. If it can be shown that any organisation's internal statutes were not respected (e.g. in the elections in a trade union or association), a judge can order the election to be held again. Fillon's team claims massive fixing of proxy votes. He'll quite likely have the result thrown out; cue several more weeks of fixing before a new election can be held.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:44:48 AM EST
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Given all the resigning treasurer has said, Fillon probably has ammo.

I thought Copé was likely to win because totally unscrupulous, but his fixing and abuse of party resources for his campaign go beyond what I imagined.

Some (eagerly followed by the media) keep floating the idea of Sarko coming in to sort this out. But his years of right-shifting demagogy caused the problem, and far too many UMPers won't accept his arbitrage because of that.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:57:16 AM EST
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Too close for anyone not having popcorn.


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by Number 6 on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 12:45:09 PM EST
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