French lawmakers on Thursday voted to abolish the Senate, a move that will make it easier for President Emmanuel Macron to control the upper chamber, where lawmakers are elected by a simple majority.

Macron’s government has made it a priority to pass legislation to end the 60-year-old institution, which the left-leaning government had sought to abolish in order to make the country more efficient.

The bill is expected to pass the lower house this week.

The Senate is considered a part of the executive branch.

Macron, who is currently in office, has promised to make it a more effective part of government.

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