“We refuse this umpteenth black box that you want to create.” The group of La France insoumise (LFI) in the National Assembly, chaired by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, announced in an open letter to Jean Castex its refusal to participate this Monday morning in the first parliamentary liaison committee devoted to the health crisis which brought together by videoconference the President of the Assembly and the heads of the parliamentary groups. An appointment imagined by the government to replace the meeting of party leaders in Matignon, the turn of which annoyed the Prime Minister, irritated by the criticisms deemed excessive from the opposition.
For rebellious deputies, this new structure, which will meet every fortnight in parallel with a meeting of the same type in the Senate, does not offer enough transparency and democratic guarantees. “Once again you bypass the assemblies. You weaken representative democracy ”, deplores in his letter Mathilde Panot, vice-president of the LFI group at the National Assembly, who was to participate in the liaison committee this Monday morning.
The member for Val-de-Marne believes that the health issues and the vaccine strategy should rather be debated within the social affairs committees of the two chambers, “under the eyes of the citizens and not at a closed meeting whose only public elements are the leaks organized in the press or the statements at the end ”. She also stressed that rebellious deputies were not listened to during meetings of the same type. “All our proposals were swept away. Not once did you want to listen or even respond, ”she says.
A boycott deemed “lunar”
“Worse, concludes Mathilde Panot, you use these consultation meetings with political forces and parliamentary groups to involve us in your decisions. Your predecessor had by the same process affirmed that his decisions concerning the dates of the municipal elections had been taken in agreement with all the political groups. It was not, and you know it. “
A boycott of rebellious deputies deemed “lunar” by a minister this Monday morning. “They don’t want to be involved in decisions. It’s crazy: we create a liaison and information body for the opposition and they do not come while accusing the Defense Council of being a place of authoritarian decision-making. “
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