|Preceded by Claude Hoarau|
|Name Huguette Bello|
|Born 24 August 1950 (age 65)Saint-Pierre, France (1950-08-24) |
Political party Communist Party of Reunion
Similar People Didier Robert, Thierry Robert, Joseph Sinimale, Paul Verges, Gilbert Annette
She is a deputy in the French National Assembly, where she sits in the Gauche démocrate et républicaine (Democratic and Republican Left) parliamentary group, which includes the French Communist Party (PCF) and other left-wing deputies. She had previously belonged, from 1997 to 2002, to the Radical-citoyen-vert (Radical-Citizen-Green) parliamentary group, which included, among others, the Reunionese Communist Party, the Greens, and the Radical-Socialists, but not the PCF.
In 1997, Ms Bello became Réunion's first ever female parliamentary deputy when she was elected to represent the 2nd constituency of the island in the French National Assembly. She was re-elected in 2002, and for a third term in 2007, on which occasion she gained 34,911 votes (59.6%) in the second round.
Since March 2008, Bello has also been the mayor of Réunion's largest commune (municipality), Saint-Paul. In the second round of voting in the French municipal elections of 2008, the list of candidates headed by Bello defeated that of the sitting UMP mayor by a margin of just 0.3%.