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New Caledonia votes against independence from France

Staff Writer | November 4, 2018
With 70 percent of voting slips counted, 59.5 percent of people had voted "No" to independence for the Pacific islands, local television channel Nouvelle-Caledonie la 1ère reported.
New Caledonia
New Caledonia   175,000 people were eligible to vote
Located some 18,000 kilometres (11,000 miles) from the French mainland, New Caledonia is home to a quarter of the world's known supplies of nickel and is a strategic foothold for France in the Pacific.

Some 175,000 people were eligible to vote, with officials estimating the final turnout at just over 80%.

Some polling stations in Noumea, the capital, closed about an hour late because they had large lines of people still waiting to vote at the planned closing time.

Full results were due from 1130 GMT onwards.