French rightist's ally calls for new leadership vote

PARIS, - France's main conservative party edged closer to resolving a crisis on Sunday as an ally of one of the two men disputing its leadership called for a new vote to pick a leader.
A two-week-old row over who won a November 18 vote for the UMP's presidency has plunged the opposition party into disarray and self-absorption, leaving Socialist President Francois Hollande unchallenged to advance left-wing policies.
It has prompted former president Nicolas Sarkozy to warn the rivals that they must find a solution to the deadlock by Tuesday or he will disown both in public.
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