France: Strauss-Kahn will not participate in the Socialist primary for the presidential elections (media)
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France: Strauss-Kahn will not participate in the Socialist primary for the presidential elections (media)

Paris : France | Jul 18, 2011 at 3:35 AM PDT
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PARIS - Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will not participate in the primary nominate the Socialist candidate for the French presidential elections, reported Sunday, quoting a local media responsible for the Socialist Party.

Jean-Pierre Mignard, an executive authority to control the primary Socialist, said in an interview with Le Parisien published Sunday that the submission of applications was over for everyone, including Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In response to a question asking if the deadline for applications is officially exceeded for Strauss-Kahn, M. Mignard said: "Yes, it is the primary rule."

"The highest authority has no text authorizing him to waive this provision," he added.

Strauss-Kahn was considered the favorite potential competitor to challenge incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy during the presidential election of 2012.

When Strauss-Kahn was charged with attempted rape of a maid in a hotel of New York in May, the possibility of a postponement of the primaries of the Socialist Party was discussed. Strauss-Kahn was seen as the Socialist candidate likely to get the most votes.

In addition, rumors claimed that the former head of the IMF would lead the party after being released from house arrest despite the fact he is not allowed for now to leave the United States.

But the Socialist Party has closed the date for submission as planned on July 13 with primary elections scheduled for 9 October. This deadline does not leave the opportunity for Mr. Strauss-Kahn, still tainted by the sex scandal, to appear on behalf of the Socialists.

However, Strauss-Kahn is yet to announce its participation in the presidential election as an independent candidate if he managed to collect 500 signatures of support before March 16, 2012.

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