Macron is reelected as French president
Republican on the move candidate Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as the President of France.
In the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron defeated his right-wing rival Marin Lopen with 58.2% of the vote.
Emmanuel Macron is the first president to be elected for a second consecutive term in twenty years.
Twenty years ago Mr. Ziak Chirac was elected to a second term.
The term of the President is five years. No leader can hold this post for more than two terms.
Presidential election process in France
In France, the President is elected by direct voting system and ballots are used.
Every Frenchman over the age of 18 is entitled to vote. Whether he lives in France or in some other country.
There can be a maximum of two phases of election. The first stage is compulsory while the second stage depends on the result of the first. In the first phase, the person who gets more than 50 percent of the votes is declared the winner.
In the first phase, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the total votes, then the second and final phase is held between the two top candidates who get the maximum votes.
To become a candidate, it is necessary to have the support of at least 500 elected representatives (mayor etc.).
Powers of the President of France
Most of the powers of the President of France are vested in the Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers and the Parliament.
The President can dissolve the Parliament, suspend any law with a power of prohibition.
All three are the heads of the armies and they also have control of nuclear weapons.
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