Despite the overall result, support for independence is growing in New Caledonia, which was granted colonization by France in 1853. Cast cast. More votes than in% were in favor of independence, 43,43% in the last vote in November, 2001.
Turnout was over 85% without any masks or social distance measures. The epidemic has largely saved the archipelago, which has kept the number of Covid-19 cases very low by sharply reducing international flights and imposing mandatory quarantine for all arrivals.
The referendum was part of a decolonization plan under the Naumiya Accord, agreed in 1998, which ended the deadly conflict between the pro-independence indigenous dough population and the descendants of European settlers. Another referendum will be held by 2022 if at least one-third of the local legislature is requested.
Located between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia offers France a strategic foothold in the Pacific Ocean, where China is expanding its influence, as well as important nickel reserves. Its population is 270,000.
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