14 Jun 2018

New Caledonia anti-independence coalition collapses

6:43 am on 14 June 2018

New Caledonia's informal four-party anti-independence coalition has collapsed.

This follows worsening rifts within the pro-French camp which in June last year had agreed to form a joint platform to prepare for this year's independence referendum.

People take part in a demonstration on April 24, 2015 in Noumea, New-Caledonia, called by two right wing UMP affiliated parties to codemn the French Governemnt policy about New-Caledonia forced march towards independance.

Right-wing parties rally in Noumea against New Caledonia's possible independence and the Socialist government in France Photo: AFP

They had pledged unity to work for a New Caledonia that stays with France and lives in peace.

The Rassemblement and the Popular Caledonian Movement have now officially quit the setup to form a new and separate faction within the territory's Congress.

This means there will now be three anti-independence factions in the legislature.

The split has occurred despite repeated calls by French leaders over the years for the anti-independence side to unite.

The decolonisation process leading up to the referendum in November was initiated 20 years ago by one party on either side.

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