Santa Re-Elected As New Caledonia Congress President

During Mr Santa's term, the Congress is due to organize an independence referendum as the 1998 Noumea Accord expires

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 19, 2017) – New Caledonia's Congress has re-elected Thierry Santa as its president for a third term.

The anti-independence camp had two candidates in today's contest, but Gregoire Bernut was eliminated in the first round of voting.

In the run-off against the pro-independence side's Roch Wamytan, Mr Santa won 29 of the 54 votes to be re-elected.

Mr Wamytan had previously served two terms as Congress president.

Philippe Dunoyer has been chosen as vice-president.

During Mr Santa's term, the Congress is due to organise an independence referendum as the 1998 Noumea Accord expires.

The accord provided for a 20-year decolonisation process with a phased and irreversible transfer of power from France to New Caledonia.

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