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Variations and Cohabitations

According to the 1958 Constitution, cohabitation is not a problem. For
different reasons it was, at the start, identified with the new regime. It
became a problem with the establishment, by General de Gaulle, of a
majority presidential regime that was consolidated by his successors.
Nevertheless, this problem was dodged twice thanks to the short duration
of two cohabitations that were essentially waiting periods before
a presidential election. The lessons to be drawn from these two
“pseudo-cohabitations” are useless. It is difficult to believe that in the
coming five years there will not be a major crisis which, according to
its outcome, will bring about either a restauration of the majority presidential
regime or a pure parliamentary regime. Those who, like the
author, fear that such a parliamentary regime would simply mind going
back to the Fourth Republic must wish that the restauration of the
majority presidential regime – wether by the left or the right is not
important – will be accompanied by a correction of its flaws. First
among those is the risk of a cohabitation. First among the remedies is a
five-years term that would limit or even suppress them.

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Référence électonique : Georges VEDEL, "Variations and Cohabitations", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°83, 83 - Le Premier ministre, p.101-129 . Consulté le 2020-02-27 21:08:06 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Variations-and-Cohabitations.html