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04 Nov 2018 | 11:23 AM UTC

New Caledonia: Voters reject independence in Nov. 4 referendum /update 3

New Caledonia votes against independence from France in November 4 referendum amid high voter turnout; French prime minister expected in Nouméa on November 5



New Caledonia has voted to reject independence from France in the referendum held on Sunday, November 4. Results currently stand at about 57 percent voting against independence, with high voter turnout (over 80 percent of eligible voters). No major unrest has been reported, although some minor incidents were observed (some cars stoned, others set on fire in Nouméa; no injuries reported). An increased security presence should continue to be expected across the territory, and localized unrest in the aftermath of the referendum remains possible.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is set to travel to the capital Nouméa on November 5; protests surrounding his visit are to be anticipated.


The referendum was organized as per the 1998 Nouméa Accord.


Individuals in New Caledonia are advised to keep abreast of the sociopolitical climate and avoid all protests and political rallies as a precaution.

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