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New Caledonia

New Caledonia political reviews • melanesia 515 the nationalist parties to a minority, opposition role in Congress (Maclellan 1999). Rock Wamytan of the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Social- iste (flnks) and Jacques Lafleur of the loyalist Rassemblement pour la Calédonie dans la République (rpcr) had both heralded the accord, but for different reasons. Lafleur was pleased at assuredly forestalling independence during his career, while Wamytan was content with the concessions made short of independence, that is, increas- ing autonomy as a step toward decol- onization. As the May provincial elec- tions neared, gamblers lined up behind two emerging patronage systems, that of the flnks and the rpcr, while The year 1999 saw the first real test splinter groups took their own stands of New Caledonia’s new governing or crossed over the political divide. statutes, based on the Noumea Accord The election results were more of May 1998. Just before Christmas encouraging for the rpcr than for the 1998, the French Parliament in Paris flnks, but neither could claim a clear passed into law provisions that would majority in the Congress. The rpcr irreversibly transfer powers to New won 24 of 54 seats, but Lafleur voiced Caledonia over the next http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

political reviews • melanesia 515 the nationalist parties to a minority, opposition role in Congress (Maclellan 1999). Rock Wamytan of the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Social- iste (flnks) and Jacques Lafleur of the loyalist Rassemblement pour la Calédonie dans la République (rpcr) had both heralded the accord, but for different reasons. Lafleur was pleased at assuredly forestalling independence during his career, while Wamytan was content with the concessions made short of independence, that is, increas- ing autonomy as a step toward decol- onization. As the May provincial elec- tions neared, gamblers lined up behind two emerging patronage systems, that of the flnks and the rpcr, while The year 1999 saw the first real test splinter groups took their own stands of New Caledonia’s new governing or crossed over the political divide. statutes, based on the Noumea Accord The election results were more of May 1998. Just before Christmas encouraging for the rpcr than for the 1998, the French Parliament in Paris flnks, but neither could claim a clear passed into law provisions that would majority in the Congress. The rpcr irreversibly transfer powers to New won 24 of 54 seats, but Lafleur voiced Caledonia over the next

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2001

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