The folks will go to the polls for the third and closing time in New Caledonia, which was annexed by France in 1853 and the two earlier independence referendums had been “no”.
On the island, the place there are roughly 180 thousand voters, the folks can be requested whether or not they need New Caledonia to acquire its sovereignty and grow to be totally unbiased.
IF “YES” IS TESTED, THERE WILL BE A TWO-YEAR TRANSITION PERIOD
Whereas the date of the referendum is about for December 12, there can be a two-year transition interval for Paris to make clear its relations with New Caledonia if the poll field leads to independence.
French Minister for Abroad International locations, Sebastien Lecornu, stated that the elections in New Caledonia can be held earlier than the presidential elections in France in 2022.
The Treaty of Noumea, signed in 1998, has given New Caledonia the proper to maintain independence referendums thrice since 2018.
RESULT OF TWO REFERENDUMS
In the referendum held last 12 months, 53 % of the votes stated “no” to independence, whereas the charge of “sure” votes remained at 47 %.
On the island, whose official language is French, the indigenous folks, the Kanaks, defend the independence the most.
In the independence referendum held in November 2018, 56.7 % of the voters rejected independence.
FRANCE ANNEXED IN 1853
New Caledonia, represented by two deputies and two senators in the French Parliament, receives roughly 1.5 billion euros of monetary help from France yearly.
New Caledonia, which was annexed by France in 1853, turned a colonial area from this date till 1946, and was included in the French Abroad Territories Neighborhood till 2003. On account of the constitutional modification in 2003, it was positioned as an autonomous area underneath France.
In New Caledonia, with a inhabitants of roughly 275 thousand and an space of 18 thousand 576 sq. kilometers, the indigenous folks, the Kanaks, make up 44 % of the inhabitants.
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