Macron’s al­lies quit

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PARIS: Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s al­lies from the un­der­fire Mo­Dem party have quit the gov­ern­ment, com­pli­cat­ing what had been billed as a rou­tine min­is­te­rial reshuf­fle days af­ter his party won par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

With Mo­Dem caught up in a ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims it mis­used EU par­lia­men­tary funds, party leader Fran­cois Bay­rou – a sig­nif­i­cant ally since back­ing Macron’s pres­i­den­tial bid in Fe­bru­ary – quit as jus­tice min­is­ter. The cen­tre-right party’s two other min­is­ters have also quit.

Macron had crafted a gov­ern­ment of min­is­ters from the left, right and cen­tre.

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