There has been a mixed response in Wallis and Futuna to last week's election of a pro-independence politician as Congress president of New Caledonia.
Roch Wamytan was elected after the new Pacific Awakening party, which emanates from the Wallisian and Futunian community, defied expectations and refused to endorse the anti-independence camp's candidate Magali Manuohalolo who is also an ethnic Futunian.
The public broadcaster on Wallis quoted a customary leader as saying he hopes the vote won't mark a step towards New Caledonia's independence.
Others welcome the electoral alliance as a novel sign of cooperation among Pacific Islanders.
The move is also being seen as a sign of emancipation of the community from Wallis and Futuna in New Caledonia's society.
There has been a suggestion that the leader of Pacific Awakening Milakulo Tukumuli become a member of the government.
A new government is expected to be formed in the next two weeks.