Twelve months ago we learned that South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson
was to stand as a candidate for the presidency of the European Liberal and Democrat and Reform party
This week, the ELDR
bureau, members, and associates have convened in Palermo, Italy, where on Friday (tomorrow) they will elect their new President and set of Vice Presidents.
Nominations for all posts closed this evening ahead of tomorrow's vote, and Mark Valladares, a Parish Councillor from Suffolk who previously blogged about Sir Graham's presidency over at Lib Dem Voice
and is attending the congress in Sicily, has just posted
that our region's only Lib Dem MEP, currently an ELDR Vice-President, is indeed the only official candidate for the post of President
This news has subsequently been confirmed by the ELDR via Twitter
However, as Valladares also warns
, it is not a done deal yet - a President can only be elected if he or she achieves more than 50% of the vote. And while it is a widely unexpected scenario, it is not an impossible one…
currently comprises 55 member parties across Europe
. Liberal Democrats created their European political family in 1976 in view of the first European elections, and in 1993 ELDR was established as a true transnational political party. Belgian MEP Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck
currently serves as its President but is unable to stand for another mandate in the role.
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