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France asked for another New Caledonia referendum
5:40 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2019, New Caledonia

New Caledonia's largest anti-independence party has formally asked France to organise another independence referendum - seven months after just over 56 percent voted for the status quo.
 
The 18 Congress members of the Future with Confidence coalition have invoked the Noumea Accord clause which allows for a referendum to be called if one third of the 54 Congress members wish to have one.
 
In a letter to the French High Commissioner in Noumea, the group said it wanted the vote to be held as soon as possible.
 
It said the pro-independence FLNKS had signalled that it won't object to another plebiscite on whether New Caledonia should become fully independent.
 
The party said a quick vote was needed because of the uncertainty.
 
A date for the vote will be set by the French government and is expected to be no later than November 2020.
 
The Noumea Accord provides for a third referendum by 2022 should voters again reject independence next year.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS


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