22 Dec 2012

New Caledonia's coalition govt defeats motion of no-confidence

9:17 am on 22 December 2012

New Caledonia's coalition government has defeated a motion of no-confidence lodged this week by the Caledonia Together Party.

34 of the 54 Congress members voted against the bid to oust the administration of Harold Martin.

It was the first such motion since the 1998 Noumea Accord set up a collegial government for the French territory.

The Caledonia Together leader, Philippe Gomes, had accused the coalition government of having accomplished nothing to curb the high cost of living.

He also claimed there was no respect of the system of collegial government, in which, he says, his party was given only minor portfolios.