24 Oct 2017

New Caledonia govt remains in caretaker mode

2:47 pm on 24 October 2017

A fresh attempt to elect a president in New Caledonia has again failed.

The President of the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, Philippe Germain, after being elected in April 2015.

Philippe Germain Photo: AFP

The French territory has had a caretaker administration since August and ministers were summoned again today to ensure New Caledonia had a properly constituted government ahead of key referendum talks in Paris.

The only candidate, Philippe Germain, was again unsuccessful in getting majority support from the 11-member government.

Only five members voted for him.

The government will remain as a caretaker administration and Mr Germain remains as caretaker president.

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