A second attempt in a month to elect a president in New Caledonia has failed.
This morning the 11 ministers chosen by Congress to form a new administration again failed to elect a president, leaving the territory without a properly constituted government.
The impasse means that the previous administration headed by Philippe Germain will continue as a caretaker administration.
Two years ago, New Caledonia had no proper government for months because of a similar impasse.
A fresh election was made necessary because the budget minister resigned last month to take up a seat in the French National Assembly.