Macron suspends the controversial census reform that sparked the uprisings in New Caledonia

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Macron suspends the controversial census reform that sparked the uprisings in New Caledonia

“After listening to everyone, I have committed to ensuring that this reform does not come into effect in the current context. We are going to give ourselves a few weeks to resume dialogue with a view to a global agreement,” he said after his speech. visit to the archipelago, 17,000 kilometers from France.

The French President, Emmanuel Macronannounced this on Thursday suspend the controversy electoral roll reform which began twelve days ago with the uprising of the independents in the overseas territory New Caledoniaresulting in six deaths and “colossal” property damage.

“After listening to everyone, I am committed to ensuring that this reform does not come into effect in the current context. a few weeks to resume dialogue with a view to a global agreement,” Macron told the press at the end of his express visit to the archipelago, located 17,000 kilometers from France.

Macron considers as an indispensable condition “the lifting of pickets and blockades” by young pro-independence supporters so that the political parties involved can sit down and talk, referring to the pro-French and pro-independence parties.

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“When we have established that these blockages have actually been lifted, political dialogue must immediately resume, together with the launch of a mediation mission,” said Macron, who will review these progress in a month.

The “new global deal” sought by the president should include several points, including reform of the electoral roll – an issue that is making Kanak independents nervous as its extension is seen as damaging to them – and a plan to make the economy less dependent on about the nickel and “the question of a vote for self-determination”, about which he gave no further details.

This global agreement, Macron has pointed out, must then be put to a vote by the people of New Caledonia.

Source: EITB

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