Wednesday , May 31 2023

New Caledonia referendum: the time of election


France or Kanaky? Sunday's Sunday, Sunday, at 8 am, Pacific Time Zone will open a historic referendum on independence at local time (Friday 22 o'clock), where polls predict the victory of the no.

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Nearly 175,000 voters who had colonized and had significant nickel reserves in Cluj 1853 started at 18:00 (at 8:00 in Paris) at 284 voters, saying, "New Caledonia reaches full sovereignty and becomes independent."

UN observers

This referendum, following 30 years of progressive decolonization, closely monitors Paris, 18,000 km. Emmanuel Macron plays on television on Sunday 13h (23h local time) at the end of the announcement. In order to make this vote indisputable, the 250 delegates sent by the state and the United Nations observers will be present at the offices.

The purpose of the consultation envisaged in the Noumea agreement signed in 1998 is to continue the work of reconciliation with Kanak, the natives of the area and Caldoches of European origin, the Matignon Agreement, which began in 1988. The latter signed it after the violence of the 1980s, which culminated in the uprising and attack of the Ouvé cave in May 1988, causing 25 deaths.

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, who arrives in Caillou on the day after the vote, this referendum marks the beginning of "New Caledonia, who wants to create a future".

The campaign is "very calm"

While in the northern provinces and loyalty islands, which are the Canadian-majority, independence fans with flags, have paved roads and trees, the Pro-French exhibition contains few blue and white red flags. Xavier Moutier, a young Caldoche 19 years old, Bourail (West), showed his pickup. "They do not disturb the Kanak flag, we have to show ours, we can say that we will not move," he said.

"This is a historic event that everyone wanted, but paradoxically, the stake lost its intensity," said Pierre-Christophe Pantz, a doctor of geopolitics. "The campaign was very calm, the referendum was not enthusiastic, the bets were trivialized," especially because "the Kaledonians think they do not change their lives", but because polls do not have a broad victory, 63 -75% range.

Soumynie Mene, a 38-year-old self-proclaimed activist, said, "it is a shame that the people do not feel anxious about the 30-year-long referendum," saying "it's time to reverse the colonial side." In the case of an absolute vote, FLNKS stressed that it would not want to interrupt France, but rather the independence of the partnership with France.

Scared reactions to "no"

Three loyal parties, very divided, in France, Caledonia (middle right), Rassemblement LR, and New Caledonia republicans. They emphasize the protection of France and the annual aid of EUR 1.3 billion from France. They hope this first referendum will last, while the Noumea agreement will have two further consultations within four years.

If the "no" wins, then both sides fear that some of the wolves, who have become marginalized, fall into sin. The sale of alcohol stores in the stores was banned on the weekend, reinforced gendarmes and increased its capacity in Nouméa Prison. Politicians have proposed balancing for activists. But nothing says that some French pro-fane does not seem to celebrate the announced victory.

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