17 Apr 2007

New Caledonia's FLNKS aims at returning to French assembly

1:41 pm on 17 April 2007

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement plans to nominate two candidates for the June election of the territory's two seats in the French assembly.

This comes amid an unprecedented split in the ranks of the anti-independence camp which will field a range of candidates, including the incumbents Jacques Lafleur and Pierre Frogier who have fallen out since the last poll.

The FLNKS, which groups several parties, will meet in May to choose its candidates.

The Palika Party has put forward the party spokesman, Charles Washetine, and the vice president of the northern province, Jean-Pierre Djaiwe.

The FLNKS has had no French assembly member since 1986.

In the last election, one of the movement's parties boycotted the poll and the FLNKS candidate narrowly missed winning a seat against a then united anti-independence camp.