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New Caledonia to Hold Vote on Independence from France in November

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Lawmakers on the tiny French overseas territory of New Caledonia voted on Monday to hold an independence referendum on November 4.

An agreement was signed between France and New Caledonia in 1998 that promised greater autonomy for the archipelago and its indigenous Melanesian Kanak population.

Under the terms of that deal an independence referendum needed to be held by the end of 2018.

As "Daily Mail" reports, on Monday, the island's legislature finally approved a referendum date (Sunday, November 4) at a public meeting in the capital Noumea, according to an AFP journalist present, with 38 votes in favour and 14 opposed.

New Caledonia currently holds a unique position as an overseas possession that formulates its own tax, labour laws and trade policy but not defence or foreign policy.

But many of the archipelago's inhabitants, particularly within the indigenous Kanak community, want full independence.


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