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French territory rejects independence

IANS  |  Noumea (New Caledonia) 

Voters in the French Pacific territory here have rejected a bid for independence prompting to say that it showed "confidence in the French republic".

"I have to tell you how proud I am that we have finally passed this historic step together," added.

Final results showed that 56.4 per cent chose to remain part of while 43.6 per cent voted to leave -- a tighter result than some polls had predicted.

Turnout was about 81 per cent in this island that is one of UN's 17 "non-self governing territories" where the process of decolonisation has not been completed.

The vote was promised in a 1988 deal that put an end to a violent campaign for independence, the reported.

Although the referendum passed peacefully but some unrest was reported post polls closed. Cars and a shop were set ablaze in the capital, Noumea, said. The high commissioner's office said some roads were closed by protesters.

has large deposits of nickel, a vital component in manufacturing electronics, and is seen by as a strategic political and economic asset in the region.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 08:58 IST
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