New Caledonia Rejects Independence From France Again
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 05 October 2020
Congress president Roch Wamytan votes in the independence referendum at Mont Dore, New Caledonia Photograph: Dominique Catton/Guardian
The referendum results have narrowed from 2018's vote.
Political // BLUF: The people of the French territory of New Caledonia have rejected independence from France for a second time in a referendum.
In what was a narrow 'no' vote, secessionists say they will continue to fight for independence.
With the unofficial results at 53.3% to 46.7%, up from 43% from the 2018 referendum, the push for independence could see a third and final referendum in 2022.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 05 October 2020
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4. NEW CALEDONIA - Political: New Caledonia rejects independence from France for second time
FYSA: Voters in the French territory of New Caledonia in the south Pacific have narrowly rejected – for a second time – a proposal to break away from Paris, choosing to remain loyal to the French republic in a nationwide referendum. But campaigners for secession say the struggle for independence will go on.As it had in 2018, the “no” vote for independence prevailed, this time 53.3% to 46.7%, according to unofficial results declared by the French president, Emmanuel Macron.But a significantly improved “yes” vote, up from 43% last referendum and now approaching the simple majority needed for secession, has given a massive fillip to the independence campaign, and laid the foundations for a third and final referendum on the question in two years’ time. The push for independence – overwhelmingly supported by New Caledonia’s indigenous Kanak population, who make up about 40% of the population – now appears a real possibility for 2022. (The Guardian. See link in heading for further reading)
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