after the vote on the constitutional reform project in the National Assembly, Emmanuel Macron puts separatists and loyalists on notice to find an agreement

after the vote on the constitutional reform project in the National Assembly, Emmanuel Macron puts separatists and loyalists on notice to find an agreement
after the vote on the constitutional reform project in the National Assembly, Emmanuel Macron puts separatists and loyalists on notice to find an agreement

The National Assembly adopted early Wednesday, May 15, by 351 votes to 153, the constitutional bill expanding the electorate in New Caledonia. This same project, which, in Nouméa, provoked anger to the point of sweeping away the cause of the Kanak separatists in a flood of extreme urban violence.

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The text plans to open voting in the next provincial elections to all citizens residing in New Caledonia for ten years, i.e. 25,000 more voters. The loyalists are demanding it. But the Kanak separatists demand its withdrawal. For them, only the current provisions, which have frozen the electoral body for natives and residents who arrived before the Nouméa decolonization agreement of 1998, will be able to protect them from a “recolonization”.

The government has promised that if the two camps agree on a new status of the territory defining New Caledonian citizenship, it will suspend its text in favor of local consensus. A promise reiterated by Emmanuel Macron in a letter sent, after the vote, to the New Caledonian representatives. But “in the absence of this agreement, which I continue to call for, and which is desirable in all respects for the Caledonians, the Congress would meet before the end of June”warns the Head of State in his missive.

Despite the issues, in the National Assembly, the endless debates followed the party game. While Nouméa was burning, invectives were flying in the Hemicycle, with a majority preoccupied with targeting La France insoumise (LFI), an opposition dressing up its respectable anti-colonial fight as obstruction, and on the bench, a minister of the interior, Gérald Darmanin, launching lessons of democracy to everyone. “We don’t give a very good image of ourselves, it’s a shame on such a theme”annoyed the president, Yaël Braun-Pivet, after a lively exchange on decolonization.

Gabriel Attal promises “dialogue”

With all the arguments, all the words, a hundred times, Bastien Lachaud (LFI), Arthur Delaporte (Socialist Party), Tematai Le Gayic (Democratic and Republican Left) and Sabrina Sebaihi (Europe Ecology-The Greens) demanded the withdrawal of the text who set the separatists against him. Beyond that, a large majority calls for a “mission of dialogue”, which could, in the coming days, fall to a personality (the name of Lionel Jospin is mentioned), under the leadership of the presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate. The Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, asked for Matignon to take charge of the file, promised “the dialogue”.

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