As French Polynesia embarks on a controversial “decolonisation” track with the United Nations, New Caledonia faces a referendum for independence due next year. Jane Jeffries reports on the Francophone Pacific for Asia-Pacific Journalism.
Report – By Jane Jeffries
Long time conservative politician and leader of the anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party Gaston Flosse is finally back in the presidency in French Polynesia following a landslide victory earlier this month.
As soon as he was elected, one of Flosse’s first tasks was to try to stop the decolonisation bid at the United Nations lodged by the outgoing government of rival pro-independence champion Oscar Temaru.
Across the Pacific in New Caledonia, 20 years of reforms leading to the transfer of powers from France to the local government in Noumea has been unfolding. But the hard question will come next year when a referendum on independence is due to take place after the 2014 elections. Read more »