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New Caledonia: victory of the “no” over independence

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According to provisional results provided by the High Commission for the Republic, the no independence won 96.5% of the vote on Sunday after 57% and 53% respectively in 2018 and 2020.

This strong abstention does not invalidate the outcome of the consultation in the eyes of the executive, which intends to analyze it in its entirety and not on the sole vote of this Sunday.

The separatists still have hope

The separatists had called on voters to boycott this election for lack of obtaining its postponement, which they demanded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They claim that the health crisis and the restrictions that accompany it have prevented them from carrying out a normal campaign. They are also protesting against the fact that the holding of the referendum did not respect the traditional period of mourning for the families of the 300 people who died as a result of contamination with COVID-19, out of a total population of 270,000 inhabitants.

We are back to square one.

A quote from Roch Wamytan, independence president of the Congress of New Caledonia

I’m still pretty confident even though I’m really sad […] when I see how the third referendum was charred., he adds.

Also independentist, Jacques Lalié, president of the province of the Islands, for his part declared on the television channel NC La 1ère that today’s results […] show that there are always two blocks.

The others must understand that from now on if there are discussions tomorrow it will be on sovereignty and association and partnership with France., he said.

Macron hails the victory of no

I therefore solemnly take note of the result of these three ballots, which confirm the will expressed by the majority of Caledonians to remain in the French republic and nation., declared Emmanuel Macron in his televised address, after this third and last referendum provided for by the Nouméa agreement of 1998.

However, the French president acknowledged that the inhabitants of the archipelago remained deeply divided on the issue of independence.

Facing thebinary alternative between yes and no to independence, President Macron announced the opening of a transition period to define a new project for New Caledonia, not only on an institutional level, but also on economic, social, environmental and geopolitical grounds for this nickel-rich territory in an Indo-Pacific region subjected to strong tensions.

The French president intends in particular build a place for New Caledonia in the Indo-Pacific region, where France’s ambitions were thwarted by Australia’s decision to turn its back on it in favor of a strategic partnership with the United States and Great Britain.

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