NEW CALEDONIA RIDES POLITICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND

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Congress to elect third government in a month

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 31, 2011) – New Caledonia’s Congress is due to meet today to elect a new collegial government - the third in a month.

The election comes amid a deepening dispute over what flag the territory should choose.

The anti-independence Caledonia Together Party is expected to resign from the collegial government the moment it is formed today because it wants France to call a general election.

The rival anti-independence Rassemblement-UMP Party is alarmed at how its support for the joint use of the Kanak and French flags has engulfed politics and triggered serial resignations.

A march to cherish the Kanak flag has been called for tomorrow to counter an earlier plan for a march for a new flag. Caledonia Together has described the planned additional march as an act of intimidation."

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