New Caledonia vote for Independence

Lawmakers in New Caledonia have voted in favour of a referendum in November this year, which will decide the territory’s independence from France.

The Congress of the French overseas territory approved the plan for a popular vote yesterday. New Caledonia, an archipelago in the South Pacific with a population of nearly three lakh, became the French colony in the 19th century.

In 1998, the French government and leaders of the independence movement signed an agreement to hold a referendum on independence from France by the end of 2018.

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