1 Dec 2008

New Caledonia's FLNKS gears up for 2009 polls

1:08 pm on 1 December 2008

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement says it wants to speak with one voice as it gears up for next year's general election.

The movement, which is made up of four parties, has held a congress in Kone but deferred policy announcement until next month.

The FLNKS says its focus will be on southern province, which is the most populous and most affluent part of the territory but where the FLNKS failed to won a single seat in the last election.

The movement hopes to capitalise on the unprecedented division within the anti-independence camp.

Observers say if the FLNKS manages to stand united there is a possibility it could emerge as the main political force in the next congress.

The last election saw the rise of the Future Together Party but it has split as has the rival Rassemblement/UMP.