‘We are not in the mood for campaigning’: Covid threatens to derail independence vote in New Caledonia

Posted by on November 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Kanak leaders have urged a postponement of the vote, saying that the priority for indigenous people once lockdown lifts will be mourning customs, not campaigning

The credibility of New Caledonia’s third and final independence referendum has been questioned after indigenous leaders warned that participation could be adversely affected by the Covid pandemic.

The French government has announced that the referendum will proceed as planned in December after the coronavirus crisis eased.

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