New Caledonians Rally In Support Of Provincial Leader

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Jean-Pierre Djaiwe banned from elections by France

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 10, 2013) – Hundreds of people in the north of New Caledonia have rallied in support of the vice-president of the northern province, Jean-Pierre Djaiwe, who is banned from contesting next year’s election.

In May, France’s constitutional council rejected his accounts of last year’s campaign for a seat in the French National Assembly and declared him ineligible for public office for three years.

According to the Nouvelles Caledoniennes, this has led to rallies in his support in Hienghene, Kone and Canala.

Those at the rally have asked the French president to intervene and review the punishment.

In last year’s election, Mr. Djaiwe of the pro-independence FLNKS Movement was narrowly defeated by Philippe Gomes, who is the leader of the anti-independence Caledonia Together Party.

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