27 Feb 2015

Chuuk independence vote postponed

10:01 am on 27 February 2015

A vote in Chuuk State on whether to seek independence from the Federated States of Micronesia has been postponed indefinitely.

The state's governor, Johnson Elimo, has also postponed the election for the state's representative in the FSM House of Representatives.

In a statement, the Chuuk Public Affairs Office says Mr Elimo postponed the election because documents will not be ready in time, and postponed the independence vote because he feels more consultation and awareness is needed.

The call for independence stems from perceptions that some in the Chuuk administration aren't happy with their share of benefits from FSM's Compact of Free Association with the United States.

The compact, signed in 1986, comes to an end in 2023, when advocates hope an independent Chuuk would negotiate its own agreement with the US.