French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will not seek re-election next year, after years of political turmoil that has left France in a state of emergency.
He will instead seek a second term in office.
Macron’s decision comes after the French National Assembly passed an emergency law to restore a state that Macron’s government says is in crisis.
Under the new law, France will need a referendum by the end of June to decide if the country needs to remain in a two-tiered system of government, which is in place under former President François Hollande.
The French government has not explained how it will determine which system is appropriate for France.
The new emergency law, which Macron signed on Friday, requires that the National Assembly vote on whether France is in a crisis.
The law says the government will then seek a referendum within six months, but Macron has not specified what kind of referendum would be needed.
If the vote passes, France would have to implement a new system of governance for the first time since the country was established in 1789.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that France will not let “the chaos of the past six months” take its toll on its democracy.
“The French government is determined to maintain stability, which means that we will have a new government in place, in the shape of the National Front party,” Valls told reporters.
The ruling Socialist Party (PS) won elections in January 2018 but has not ruled out a return to the polls, which it lost to the National En Marche!
Macron, who is running for re-entry into parliament for the third time, announced that the government would be consulting with all the parties on what kind, if any, measures should be taken to end the crisis.
In a statement, the president called the emergency law an “unprecedented and dangerous step” that he said was designed to “create a crisis.”
The government said the measures would help strengthen the country’s financial stability and the economy.