6 Aug 2007

New Caledonia Congress elected new multi-party Cabinet

7:39 pm on 6 August 2007

New Caledonia's 54-seat Congress has elected a new 11-member multi-party cabinet which consists of eight pro-French MPs and three pro-independence MPs.

During a brief special sitting, which was broadcast live on local television, it took just one round of vote to elect the 11 members of what is the sixth formal government since New Caledonia won the right to have a local executive eight years ago under the Noumea Accord.

Last week, the two dominant pro-French parties, the Rassemblement UMP and Future Together, struck a power sharing deal.

This gave them 35 of the 54 votes and entitled them to eight seats in the 11-member cabinet.

The pro-independence camp, the FLNKS, got 17 votes and therefore has the right to three portfolios.