To choose their candidate for the 2022 presidential election, The Republicans will offer their activists two methods, a congress or a wider vote, said LR president Christian Jacob on Tuesday.
During a dematerialized congress, LR will bring together its members who will be called upon to choose between “two methods of designation”, explained the boss of the Republicans in a message to the militants. “Either we are in a system open to activists, to up-to-date members and supporters who recognize themselves in the values of the right and the center,” he then explained to journalists. Or “it is a congress of up-to-date activists who will designate the candidate,” he added.
Xavier Bertrand against the primary
This method of the congress is “what prevailed in the past”, recalls the number 3 of the party Aurélien Pradié. Several suitors will be able to present themselves, but “the most probable assumption is that they will have reached an agreement between them” by then, adds Aurélien Pradié, who hopes to see emerging “an obvious candidate”.
The political bureau, which will meet on the 22nd, must still ratify these provisions, before the electronic congress of the 25th. Seven months before the presidential election, the right must settle the thorny question of its candidate, while Xavier Bertrand, who refuses any primary, has been in the race since March. The idea of a tie-break is however accepted by four other potential contenders – Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR), Michel Barnier, Eric Ciotti and Philippe Juvin.
“To the right the spirit of responsibility will prevail”
LR management is very hostile to the idea of primaries, a factor of divisions according to it. Xavier Bertrand, who left LR in 2017, is currently leading the polls on the right even if he does not crush the match. “I will never lose my camp,” he repeated to the Figaro Tuesday, ensuring that he would go “from September to meet LR members to expose (his) project”.
Already during the parliamentary days of LR last weekend in Nîmes, Xavier Bertrand had extended his hand to his old party by calling for “respect” and “dialogue”. “On the right the spirit of responsibility will prevail” and “the parliamentary days have been the proof”, he assured Tuesday.