3 Oct 2017

New Caledonia stalemate imperils budget

2:55 pm on 3 October 2017

New Caledonia's caretaker president has warned of the consequences of the political stalemate and not having a properly constituted government.

The President of New Caledonia's collegial government, Philippe Germain.

Philippe Germain Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins

Philippe Germain said if no government was established there will be no budget outline by mid-November as it should be by law.

He said if the budget is then not adopted by 1 January, allocations to communes and public institutions would not be available.

In August, the government fell and a new executive was chosen by Congress but the 11 ministers failed to give Mr Germain, as the only presidential candidate, at least six votes to be returned to office.

Without a president being appointed, the election process is incomplete and the running of the government reverts to the old administration.

Two attempts to confirm Mr Germain failed.

Mr Germain is in New York attending the meeting of the UN decolonisation committee.

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