|Member of the French National Assembly for Réunion|
Assumed office |
12 June 1997
|Preceded by||Claude Hoarau|
|Mayor of Saint-Paul|
|Preceded by||Alain Bénard|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Sinimalé|
24 August 1950|
|Political party||Reunionese Communist Party|
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 Greens, 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%.