New Caledonia independence referendum delayedChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 30, 2020
New Caledonia's referendum on independence from France has been tentatively postponed until 4 October.
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Philippe proposed the new date in a letter to the presidents of New Caledonia's government and Congress, granting them a two-week consultation period.
Paris will then formally set the new date of the vote.
The FLNKS leaders had wanted it to be rescheduled for either 25 October or 1 November, but a leading anti-independence politician Sonia Backes had said she wanted the September date to be kept. ■