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Macron's parliamentary party secures overall majority in legislative election

Paris, Jun 19 (efe-epa).- France's new president was celebrating his latest success on Monday after his self-founded centrist party secured a majority vote in the nation's legislative election, just weeks after the young candidate himself ascended Elysee Palace in a historic presidential race.

According to the latest official figures, Emmanuel Macron's La République en Marche (the Republic on the Move, LREM) was to secure 308 of the 577 National Assembly seats which, in addition to the 42 seats garnered by its allies, MoDem, surpassed the 289 required for an absolute majority in parliament's lower chamber.

LREM failed to match pollster predictions of a landslide victory, however, and voter turnout was remarkably low _ an estimated 57 percent of eligible voters abstained.

With a combined 137 votes, the center-right Republicans Party _ whose candidate in the 2017 presidential elections was dogged by corruption allegations _ became the main oppositions alongside its allies, the Union of Democrats and Independents.

France's far-right National Front (FN) took eight seats.

The Socialist Party (PS) suffered a severe blow to the majority it gained in the 2012 legislative elections, reducing its tally from 295 to 30 _ a disastrous result that prompted the resignation of its leader, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis.

The far-left camp, which involves an alliance between Jean-Luc Mélenchon's France Insoumise (Unbowed France) and the French Communist Party, together secured 27 Assembly seats.

Macron founded the En Marche! movement (which evolved into LREM) around 14-months ago, having left his post in the cabinet of former PS president, Francois Hollande.

He successfully ran for the presidency, eliminating both traditional parties in the first voting round and winning the head-to-head vote against FN candidate Marine Le Pen in the final round.

At 39, the pro-European, business-friendly leader became France's youngest president since Napoleon.

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