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Politics of Guadeloupe


Politics of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe sends four deputies to the French National Assembly and three senators to the French Senate. One of the four National Assembly constituencies still includes Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy even though they seceded from Guadeloupe in 2007. This situation should last until 2012 when Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy will send their own deputies to the French National Assembly.Template:Update inline

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National holiday Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Slavery Abolition Day 27 May (1848)
Constitution[1] 28 September (1958)
Legal system French
Suffrage Universal at 18 years old
Executive branch Chief of state President François Hollande
represented by Prefect
since 6 May 2012
since 12 June 2006
Head of government President of the General Council Jacques Gillot
President of the Regional Council Victorin Lurel
since 26 March 2001
since 22 April 2004
Elections French president elected by popular vote for five-year term;
Prefect appointed by the French president on advice of the French Ministry of the Interior;
General and Regional Council presidents elected by membership of those councils.
Election results See regional elections
Legislative branch Unicameral General Council (Conseil général; 42 seats)
Unicameral Regional Council (Conseil régional; 41 seats)
members elected by popular vote
to serve six-year terms
Elections[2] General Council
last held March 2004, next due 2011[3]
Regional Council
last held 14 March 2010, next due March 2014/2016
Election results General Council
Percent of vote by party: n/a
Seats by party:
Miscellaneous Left 22, PS 10, 2 Independents
Miscellaneous Right 7, UMP 2
Regional Council
Percent of vote by party:
PS 56.5%, UMP 14.0%, DVG 12.4%, CDI 7%, LO 2.8%, GUSR 2.8%, DVD 2.1%, EXG 1.4%, DVG 1%
Seats by party:
PS and allies 31, UMP 4, DVG 4, CDI 2
Judicial branch Court of Appeal (Cour d'Appel) in Basse-Terre;
Assize Court (Cour d'assises) in Basse-Terre to try felonies, consisting of three judges and a popular jury;
Several first instance courts of varying competence levels, in Basse-Terre, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Martin and Grand-Bourg.
Political parties Guadeloupe Communist Party (PCG) · FGPS · Progressive Democratic Party (PPDG) · Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) (formerly the Rassemblement pour la Republique, RPR) · Socialist Party (PS) · Union for French Democracy (UDF);· Guadeloupe unie, socialisme et réalités (GUSR)
Pressure groups Union for the Liberation of Guadeloupe (ULPG) · General Federation of Guadeloupe Workers (CGT-G) · General Union of Guadeloupe Workers (UGTG) · Movement for Independent Guadeloupe (MPGI) · The Socialist Party

General Council of Guadeloupe

The general council is composed of 43 seats; whose members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms.


Party seats
Miscellaneous Left 22
Socialist Party 10
Miscellaneous Right 7
Independents 2
Union for a Popular Movement 2

Regional Council of Guadeloupe

The regional council is composed of 31 seats; whose members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms.


Party seats
Socialist Party 29
Union for a Popular Movement 2

Current Deputies

Guadeloupe also elects 4 seats to the French National Assembly, the last elections were held in June 2007.

Constituency Member Party
1st Éric Jalton PS
2nd Gabrielle Louis-Carabin UMP
3rd Jeanny Marc GUSR
4th Victorin Lurel PS

See also

  • List of Presidents of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe


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