POLITICS – Ali Rabeh, a close friend of the Génération.s movement of Benoît Hamon, was re-elected this Sunday, October 10, mayor of Trappes (Yvelines) with 58.36% of the votes in the first round of a by-election under pressure, reorganized after the cancellation of the 2020 poll.
“Tonight, the Trappists have chosen to re-elect Ali Rabeh”, recognized this Sunday evening his opponent Othman Nasrou, a close friend of Valérie Pécresse (Libres!) At the head of an unusual alliance formed with the former mayor PS Guy Malandrin, who gathered 34.89% of the votes, according to the final results communicated by the Yvelines prefecture.
On Twitter, Ali Rabeh welcomed a victory “against a Zemmourized and patronage right” and a participation in increase, to 41.59%, against 34.1% in 2020. He thus beats his rival of 1361 votes. “What pride, thank you to the Trappists!” He added.
Re-election from the 1st round, with at least 57% of the votes!
A partial with a participation up 6 points compared to 2020, facing a Zemmourized and clientelist right.
What pride, thank you to the Trappists! @villedetrappes
— Ali Rabeh (@alirabeh) October 10, 2021
“We have obviously not succeeded in convincing that a Republican alternative was possible”, regretted Othman Nasrou in his press release published on Twitter, “nor to fully explain the double game of Ali Rabeh or the danger of the methods he uses ”.
The election of Ali Rabeh by 161 votes in 2020 was canceled by the courts, which accused him of having distributed, in the midst of the pandemic, 15,000 masks accompanied for some of his photo, without this action having been declared in his campaign accounts.
Accusations of “patronage”
In this popular commune of 32,000 inhabitants marked by the departures of dozens of young people for the jihad in Syria, accusations of “patronage” punctuated the campaign on both sides.
The invalid mayor Ali Rabeh denounced during the campaign the “drift” of the former mayor PS Guy Malandrain (2001-2020), who became number three on the list led by Othman Nasrou, close to Valérie Pécresse.
For his part, the latter blamed Ali Rabeh for a “clientelist” system with “intimidation, threats, pressure” that he would have put in place since his arrival at town hall in June 2020.
Ali Rabeh’s victory was quickly greeted this Sunday evening by Julien Bayou, the boss of environmentalists, and by Jean Luc Mélenchon, leader of France Insoumise, the latter estimating that “the union of the right and the PS is overwhelmingly rejected. ”
Nadia Hai, the Minister Delegate for the City and originally from Trappes, addressed her “Republican congratulations” to the mayor and “hopes that after months of tensions, (…) the inhabitants will finally find dignified political debates and the the serenity they deserve. ”
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