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New Caledonia decides the timing of its second independence referendum

Referendum Voting New Caledonia France

Following a meeting in Paris, the French government and New Caledonian political leaders have agreed to hold a second referendum on self-determination in early September 2020. This follows the first referendum under the Noumea Accord held last November.

New Caledonia’s new President Thierry Santa attended his first Pacific Islands Forum in August, just weeks after his election as president of the Government of New Caledonia. Leader of the anti-independence party Rassemblement-Les Républicains, President Santa is a key figure in the conservative coalition Avenir en Confiance (The Future with Confidence), which took control of New Caledonia’s southern province during May 2019 elections.

In this article, Denise Fisher states "Preparations are proceeding in a businesslike way for the second of three possible independence referendums in New Caledonia, in 2020. Loyalists and independence groups are staking out their positions."

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