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    New Caledonia Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
      conventional short form: New Caledonia
      local long form: Territoire des Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependances
      local short form: Nouvelle-Caledonie

      Data code NC

      Dependency status overseas territory of France since 1956

      Government type NA

      National capital Noumea

      Administrative divisions none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 3 provinces named Iles Loyaute, Nord, and Sud

      Independence none (overseas territory of France; a referendum on independence will be held in 1998)

      National holiday National Day, Taking of the Bastille, 14 July (1789)

      Constitution 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

      Legal system the 1988 Matignon Accords grant substantial autonomy to the islands; formerly under French law

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President of France Jacques CHIRAC (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Commissioner and President of the Council of Government Dominque BUR (since NA August 1995)
      head of government: President of the Territorial Congress Pierre FROGIER (since 31 July 1995)
      cabinet: Consultative Committee
      elections: high commissioner appointed by the president of France on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior; president of the Territorial Congress elected by the members of the congress

      Legislative branch unicameral Territorial Congress or Congres Territorial (54 seats; members are members of the three Provincial Assemblies or Assemblees Provinciales elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
      elections: last held 9 July 1995 (next to be held NA July 2001)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - RPR 22, FLNKS 12, UNCT 9, UNI 5, DEPCA 2, FN 2, RCF 2, and other 2
      note: New Caledonia elects 1 seat to the French Senate; elections last held 27 September 1992 (next to be held NA September 2001); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - RPR 1; New Caledonia also elects 2 seats to the French National Assembly; elections last held 25 May-1 June 1997 (next to be held NA 2002); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - RPR 2

      Judicial branch Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel

      Political parties and leaders Progressive Melansian Union or UPM [Edmond NEKIRIAI]; Melanesian proindependence Kanaka Socialist National Liberation Front or FLNKS [Rock WAMYTAN]; Melanesian moderate Kanak Socialist Liberation or LKS [Nidoish NAISSELINE]; National Front or FN (extreme right) [Guy GEORGE]; Socialist Party of Kanaky or PSK [Jacques VIOLETTE]; Union Oceanienne or UO (conservative) [Michel HEMA]; Front de Developpement des Iles Loyautes or FDIL [Cono HAMU]; Union Caledonian or UC [Bernard LEPEU, president]; A New Caledonia for All or UNCT [Didier LEROUX]; Kanaque Liberation Party or PALIKA [Paul NEAOUTYINE and Elie POIGOUNE]; New Caledonia National Party [Georges CHATENEY]; Oceanic Democratic Rally or RDO [Alois SAKO]; Kanaque Federal Party of OPAO [Gabrielle PAITA and Auguste SIAPO]; Caledonian Generation [Jean-Raymond POSTIC]; Union des Synicates de Travailleurs Kanaks Exploites or USTKE [Louis Kotra UREGEY]; Federation for a New Caledonian Society or FNSC [Jean-Pierre AIFA]; Union to Construct Independence [Frances POADOUY]; Movement for France or MPF [Claude SARAAN]; Rally for Caledonia in the Republic or RPCR is a coalition of 5 parties: Union for the Rebirth of Caledonia [Jean-Louis MIR]; Christian Social Democrats - All Ethnic Group Accord [Raymond MURA]; Rally for Caledonia [Jacques LAFLEUR]; Rally of the Republic [Dick UKEIWE]; Liberal Caledonian Movement [Jean LEQUES]; Union Nationale pour l'Indepedance or UNI; Developper Ensemble pour construire l'Avenir or DEPCA; Rassemblement pour une Caledonie dans la France or RCF

      International organization participation ESCAP (associate), FZ, ICFTU, SPC, WFTU, WMO

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (overseas territory of France)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (overseas territory of France)

      Flag description three horizontal bands, blue (top), red, and green, with a yellow disk enclosing a black symbol centered to the hoist side; the flag of France is used for official occasions

      NOTE: The information regarding New Caledonia on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of New Caledonia Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about New Caledonia Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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