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Former French PM Valls joins Macron's team for parliamentary elections.

PARIS, May 9 (KUNA) -- Former Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Tuesday that he would run in forthcoming parliamentary elections under the banner of President-elect Emmanuel Macron, statements to French media said. Valls told "RTL" radio that he would join the "presidential majority" for the election of France's new parliament in two rounds of balloting on June 11 and June 18. Valls, a former Socialist heavyweight, unsuccessfully bid to be the party's candidate in the presidential election that was won by Macron on Sunday, when he defeated far-rightist National Front candidate 66 percent to 34 percent. Valls was beaten in the Socialist's primary election by a more-left wing Socialist, Benoit Hamon, who later only got six percent in the first-round of the presidential on April 23 and was easily eliminated. "I want Emmanuel Macron to succeed," Valls told "RTL", adding that he was not going to leave politics after serving for 30 years in the Socialist movement. Although on the left wing, Valls is considered more of a centrist and a pragmatist and was urging reforms that angered many on the left of his party when he was in office. Macron's re-baptised "The Republic on the Move" is expected to integrate both left-wing and right-wing candidates and many from civil society for the parliamentary elections that will elect 577 Deputies to the National Assembly. The new president needs a solid majority of over 289 Deputies to be able to govern effectively and avoid a hung parliament and obstacles to his reforms. (end) jk.gta

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Date:May 9, 2017
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