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France’s Pacific island territory of New Caledonia will maintain a second referendum on independence subsequent yr, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe mentioned Friday.
Voters in a November 2018 ballot selected to stay a part of France by 57 percent to 43 percent, a end result hailed by President Emmanuel Macron as “historic”.
The date for subsequent yr’s ballot might be determined over the approaching fortnight, however might be both August 30 or September 6, Phillipe mentioned.
French since 1853, New Caledonia is a distant island territory within the southwestern Pacific and has round 270,00zero inhabitants.
It’s positioned about 18,00zero kilometres (11,00zero miles) from mainland France — some 2,00zero kilometres east of Australia.
The majority of New Caledonia’s inhabitants is made up of indigenous Melanesians identified regionally as Kanaks (39 p.c) and European inhabitants, or Caldoches (27 p.c).
There are additionally minorities from the comparatively close by Polynesia Pacific area, and a rising a part of the inhabitants identifies as mixed-race or “Caledonian”.
Violent clashes between Kanaks and Caldoches within the 1980s have been ended by a French-brokered reconciliation, trying to rebalance wealth and share out political energy.
A landmark 1988 deal between France and opponents and supporters of independence, gave the islands extra autonomy.