29 Aug 2017

New Caledonia group draws up independence plan

8:52 am on 29 August 2017

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement has firmed up its draft plan on how an independent New Caledonia should be shaped.

Push is maintained for Kanaks to get automatic enrollment for independence vot

Push is maintained for Kanaks to get automatic enrollment for independence vote Photo: AFP

A weekend meeting heard back from territory-wide consultations as preparations continue for next year's independence referendum.

The FLNKS said it wanted to create a multi-cultural and democratic nation, which would have as citizens all the people who are inscribed on the restricted rolls for the referendum and the territorial election.

It proposed to rename the putative republic Kanaky-Nouvelle Caledonie, to redefine the Congress as parliament and to set up an electoral college to choose a president.

It also proposed making its flag the country's official flag.

The proposal is to be put out for further discussion and approval by the movement's various components.

It will then to be tabled at the October meeting in Paris of the signatories to the Noumea Accord.

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