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New Caledonia

New Caledonia the nationalist parties to a minority, opposition role in Congress (Maclellan 1999). Rock Wamytan of the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (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, increasing autonomy as a step toward decolonization. As the May provincial elections neared, gamblers lined up behind two emerging patronage systems, that of the flnks and the rpcr, while splinter groups took their own stands or crossed over the political divide. The election results were more encouraging for the rpcr than for the flnks, but neither could claim a clear majority in the Congress. The rpcr won 24 of 54 seats, but Lafleur voiced disappointment that the right-wing Front National, which doubled its seats to 4, had kept his party from clear control by scaring people about the future. In addition, dissident loyalist Didier Leroux' Alliance pour la Calédonie won 3 seats (an increase of one) by campaigning against Lafleur's monopolism. On the nationalist side, the flnks won http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

the nationalist parties to a minority, opposition role in Congress (Maclellan 1999). Rock Wamytan of the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (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, increasing autonomy as a step toward decolonization. As the May provincial elections neared, gamblers lined up behind two emerging patronage systems, that of the flnks and the rpcr, while splinter groups took their own stands or crossed over the political divide. The election results were more encouraging for the rpcr than for the flnks, but neither could claim a clear majority in the Congress. The rpcr won 24 of 54 seats, but Lafleur voiced disappointment that the right-wing Front National, which doubled its seats to 4, had kept his party from clear control by scaring people about the future. In addition, dissident loyalist Didier Leroux' Alliance pour la Calédonie won 3 seats (an increase of one) by campaigning against Lafleur's monopolism. On the nationalist side, the flnks won

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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