12 Sep 2017

New Caledonia again fails to elect president

1:05 pm on 12 September 2017

A second attempt in a month to elect a president in New Caledonia has failed.

This morning the 11 ministers chosen by Congress to form a new administration again failed to elect a president, leaving the territory without a properly constituted government.

The impasse means that the previous administration headed by Philippe Germain will continue as a caretaker administration.

Noumea harbour, New Caledonia

Noumea harbour, New Caledonia Photo: Copyright: lisastrachan / 123RF Stock Photo

Two years ago, New Caledonia had no proper government for months because of a similar impasse.

A fresh election was made necessary because the budget minister resigned last month to take up a seat in the French National Assembly.

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