Electoral reform in New Caledonia is suspended, says French President Macron

Electoral reform in New Caledonia is suspended, says French President Macron
# 12 June 2024 16:18 (UTC +04:00)

France has suspended a planned electoral reform on granting the right to vote to people who have been living permanently in that area for more than 10 years, in its overseas territory of New Caledonia which triggered civil unrest on the Indo-Pacific archipelago last month, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

"The constitutional project on the electorate in New Caledonia has been suspended," Macron told reporters.

The press service of the French leader said that the leadership of the territory was informed about the decision.

Note that the security forces of France responded to the peaceful protest of the indigenous Kanak people in New Caledonia with violence, resulting in the deaths of more than ten civilians, with hundreds injured and arrested. Entry to New Caledonia has been restricted by the decision of the French government, and the unlawful curfew is still in force. The fundamental rights of the Kanak people, the indigenous inhabitants of the island, including their freedom of expression and opinion, have been severely violated in an attempt to conceal the atrocities committed by the French police and gendarmerie from the global public.

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