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A Decolonisation Test for France in the Pacific: The Third Referendum on Independence in New Caledonia Part 1: The Controversial Vote

Chappell, David


The Nouméa Accord of 1998 proposed a consensually negotiated interim governing framework in New Caledonia after intercommunal violence in the 1980s. Its final stages included one, and potentially up to three, referenda on the exact future status of the country. The first two referenda, held in 2018 and 2020, resulted in slim majorities against independence, but had stronger showings for independence than observers expected. The third referendum, originally planned for 2022, was rushed ahead to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.25911/9MJH-3D11
Access Rights: Open Access

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