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    New Caledonia Government - 1991

      Long-form name: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies

      Type: overseas territory of France since 1956

      Capital: Noumea

      Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 3 provinces named Iles Loyaute, Nord, and Sud

      Independence: none (overseas territory of France); note--a referendum on independence will be held in 1998, with a review of the issue in 1992

      Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

      Legal system: the 1988 Matignon Accords grant substantial autonomy to the islands; formerly under French law

      National holiday: Taking of the Bastille, 14 July (1789)

      Executive branch: high commissioner, Consultative Committee (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly

      Judicial branch: Court of Appeal

      Leaders: Chief of State--President Francois MITTERRAND (since 21 May 1981); Head of Government High Commissioner and President of the Council of Government Bernard GRASSET (since 15 July 1988)

      Political parties: white-dominated Rassemblement pour la Caledonie dans la Republique (RPCR), conservative, Jacques LAFLEUR--affiliated to France's Rassemblement pour la Republique (RPR); Melanesian proindependence Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS), Paul NEAOUTYINE; Melanesian moderate Kanak Socialist Liberation (LKS), Nidoish NAISSELINE; National Front (FN), extreme right, Guy GEORGE; Caledonie Demain (CD), right-wing, Bernard MARANT; Union Oceanienne (UO), conservative, Michel HEMA; Front Uni de Liberation Kanak (FULK), proindependence, Yann CELENE

      Suffrage: universal adult at age 18

      Elections: Territorial Assembly--last held 11 June 1989 (next to be held NA 1993); results--percent of vote by party--RPCR 44.5%, FLNKS 28.5%, FN 7%, CD 5%, UO 4%, other 11%; seats--(54 total) RPCR 27, FLNKS 19, FN 3, other 5; note--election boycotted by FULK; French Senate--last held 24 September 1989 (next to be held September 1992); results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(1 total) RPCR 1; French National Assembly--last held 5 and 12 June 1988 (next to be held June 1993); results--percent of vote by party--RPR 83.5%, FN 13.5%, other 3%; seats--(2 total) RPCR 2

      Communists: number unknown; Palita extreme left party; some politically active Communists deported during 1950s; small number of North Vietnamese

      Member of: FZ, SPC, WFTU, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: as an overseas territory of France, New Caledonian interests are represented in the US by France

      Flag: the flag of France is used

      NOTE: The information regarding New Caledonia on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of New Caledonia Government 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about New Caledonia Government 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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