For Justine Benin, Secretary of State for the Sea, a high-risk campaign for the 2022 legislature

For Justine Benin, Secretary of State for the Sea, a high-risk campaign for the 2022 legislature


This Pentecost Sunday will have been busier than usual in Belle Place, a usually peaceful hamlet on the heights of the seaside town of Sainte-Anne, in Guadeloupe. At dusk, installed on a gravel parking lot, a desk decorated with election posters in the image of MP Justine Benin and her deputy, Bernard Pancrel – mayor of the neighboring town of Saint-François – announces the color: a meeting is about to begin in this town of Grands-Fonds, a rural and hilly region in the center of the island of Grande-Terre.

For several hours, local dignitaries and local elected officials spoke in French and Creole to praise their 47-year-old parliamentarian, who is running for a second term in the National Assembly and was appointed on the 20th. May, Secretary of State for the Sea in the government of Elisabeth Borne. “She knows how to make things work: she’s given a mandate as a member of parliament, she gets a mandate as a minister.”plays theatrically Myriam Brosius, Deputy Mayor of St. Francis and Vice President of the agglomeration community. “This is our Justine!” This is our pride today! »exclaims the elected official to applause.

“You have to give him a chance”

Justine Benin is “A member of parliament who has worked hard, gone beyond the Guadeloupe sphere and raised issues at the national level”, enthuses Macronist senator Dominique Théophile. The latter lists them “Many files” to the centrist MP: the law of April 2021 on water governance in Guadeloupe, the report of the parliamentary committee of inquiry on the chlordecone, of which she was the rapporteur, in 2019, but also a subject of medical cooperation with Cuba, among others. Former Vice-President of the Guadeloupe Regional Council – under the Socialist majority of Victorin Lurel, the former Minister of Overseas Affairs – elected Member of Parliament for the second constituency of Guadeloupe in 2017, under a miscellaneous label left before approaching the MoDem , Justine Benin defended her record: three hundred and sixty-eight amendments were tabled, some 50 of which were adopted, and fourteen parliamentary reports were published. « [J’ai] worked. [J’ai] a record in five years, while others have no record in three terms “hammers the interested party, when she finally speaks.

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But Mme Benin is campaigning on hostile ground. She wears the colors of the presidential majority in a department that clearly disavowed Emmanuel Macron: the outgoing president received only 13.43% of the vote in the first round of the presidential election on April 10, and then 30.4% in the second round. Far from ignoring the result of the last ballot, which remains in all heads in Guadeloupe, the new Secretary of State addresses this thorny issue from the outset. “You heard an SOS, an alarm call, which I heard.”declares the candidate to her audience still captive despite the late hour and the lack of seats. “The message is clear: you wanted more listening, you wanted us to take more into account the aspirations of our territory, you also wanted us to improve our daily lives.”she continues, committing herself to “To be a relay of Guadeloupe” with the government.

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