The elections for Monaco’s National Council took place with 70.35% participation (74.4% in 2013) of those allowed to vote.
The voting resulted in a win for Stéphane Valeri’s “Primo” group, otherwise known as Priority Monaco.
Two candidates had been elected for Horizon Monaco and one for the Union Monegasque, giving Primo 21 of the 24 seats in the parliamentary assembly.
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— Stéphane VALERI (@stephanevaleri) February 9, 2018
Stéphane Valeri is a veteran of the political scene having been President of the National Council twice before in 2003 and 2008. For a time, from 2010 he was also Minister of Health and Social Affairs.
In his midnight speech, the new leader of the National Council stated:
“I want to warmly thank the Monegasques who have given us a very big victory tonight. Their confidence gives us the legitimacy necessary to give the National Council its full place among [Monaco’s] institutions.”
“Now that the electoral period is over, I appeal to compatriots of all sensibilities, so that tomorrow the great Monegasque family, united behind our Sovereign Prince, will come together.”
Among the personalities elected on the Primo list are Jose Badia, former foreign minister, and Guillaume Rose, formerly head of the Tourism and Conventions office.
The National Council has less power than its equivalent in France due to the fact that under Monaco’s constitution the Executive powers are invested in H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco who is the highest authority.
Mr Valeri’s role is to discuss and vote on laws presented by the Government, to vote on the national budget and ratify international treaties, but not to initiate or amend legislation. Again, as the result of the National election, Stéphane Valeri and Primo! are the majority party and will have 21 of the 24 seats in the Chamber.
The results are in following the vote by 5097 Monegasques for the 24 seats in the National Council: