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Macron Halts Voting Reforms in New Caledonia

HeadlineJun 14, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron has suspended voting reform in New Caledonia to allow “a return to order.” On a visit to the Pacific archipelago last month, Macron vowed to go ahead with the reform, which would grant voting rights to French residents of the colonized territory. But after Macron called a snap election on Sunday, such a procedure could not go ahead until a new legislature is elected. At least eight people have been killed in the recent unrest. Much of New Caledonia’s Indigenous Kanak community is seeking full independence from France.

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