Alexandre Chauveau with AFP
7:19 p.m., May 19, 2022modified to
7:45 p.m., May 19, 2022
Damien Abad announces that he is leaving the presidency of the Republicans in the Assembly, “for the sake of clarity, consistency and responsibility”. The deputy of Ain, candidate for his re-election, had been summoned by Christian Jacob to leave his functions, after having asked for a delay to clarify his commitment within the party.
The boss of LR deputies Damien Abad, ordered to resign by the party leadership, announced Thursday his immediate departure from office and his “leave” from the Republicans, in an interview with Figaro. “I decide today to leave my position as president of the LR group in the Assembly for the sake of clarity, consistency and responsibility,” said Damien Abad, at the heart of speculation about a rapprochement with the majority, but who assured that his choice was not dictated “by any electoral logic”. “I have no comment to make on the composition of the government”, he assured, while many saw the sign of a rapprochement with the macronie in the fact that LREM does not present any candidate in his constituency ( the 5th of Ain).
“There is no counterpart” and “I am not in a logic of haggling”, he hammered, while he is quoted among the list of potential future ministers of the government of Elisabeth Borne. The president of LR Christian Jacob had asked Damien Abad on Thursday morning to “leave his functions”, in the face of his reluctance to “get out of the ambiguity”.
“I no longer recognize myself in the LR approach”
Damien Abad, who claims to have received “many messages of support from LR deputies” who “share (his) political line”, explains his choice by “differences” with his party which “have accelerated in recent weeks” . “I find it regrettable that some within our family make Emmanuel Macron the number one adversary. When I leave office, I see a real political disagreement. I no longer recognize myself in the LR approach”, he explains. .
Assuring that “other personalities think like (him), such as Nicolas Sarkozy, Jean-François Copé or Philippe Juvin”, he advocates “a line of clarity and responsibility, corresponding to a force of government”. “I remain a right-wing man, but I am taking leave from my LR party”, he summarizes.