9 Nov 2010

Pidjot confirmed as Caledonian Union leader

2:55 pm on 9 November 2010

One of New Caledonia's main pro-independence parties, the Caledonian Union, has re-elected its leader, Charles Pidjot.

A three-day annual party meeting gave him overwhelming support, with more than 80 percent of delegates voting for him.

Noumea's daily newspaper has described the outcome as a surprise as there had been claims that his dealings with the rival anti-independence camp had blurred the party's line.

The party meeting came a month before the Congress of the pro-independence umbrella organisation, the FLNKS, is to be convened.