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New Caledonia Votes to Remain French Territory in Referendum Boycotted by Independence Groups

HeadlineDec 13, 2021

Voters in the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia have overwhelmingly rejected independence from France. But Sunday’s referendum, the third such vote over the past three years, was boycotted by pro-independence groups, who pushed to postpone the referendum, and it’s unclear whether they will accept the results. Turnout was just over 40%. New Caledonia’s current president, Louis Mapou, is pro-independence and said the territory would continue to pursue the “path of emancipation.” The island territory was colonized by France in 1853.

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