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    New Caledonia Government - 2006

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
      conventional short form: New Caledonia
      local long form: Territoire des Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependances
      local short form: Nouvelle-Caledonie

      Dependency status:
      overseas territory of France since 1956

      Government type:


      Administrative divisions:
      none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 3 provinces named Iles Loyaute, Nord, and Sud

      none (overseas territory of France); note - a referendum on independence was held in 1998 but did not pass; a new referendum is scheduled for 2014

      National holiday:
      Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)

      4 October 1958 (French Constitution)

      Legal system:
      the 1988 Matignon Accords grant substantial autonomy to the islands; formerly under French law

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President of France Jacques CHIRAC (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Commissioner Michel MATHIEU (since 15 July 2005)
      head of government: President of the Government Marie-Noelle THEMEREAU (since 10 June 2004)
      cabinet: Consultative Committee consists of eight members chosen from leading figures on the island to advise the High Commissioner
      elections: French president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; high commissioner appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior; president of the government elected by the members of the Territorial Congress; note - last election held 29 June 2004 when Marie-Noelle THEMEREAU was elected on the third vote with 8 votes for and 3 abstentions

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Territorial Congress or Congres Territorial (54 seats; members belong to the three Provincial Assemblies or Assemblees Provinciales elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 9 May 2004 (next to be held NA 2009)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - RPCR-UMP 16, AE 16, UNI-FLNKS 8, UC 7, FN 4, others 3
      note: New Caledonia currently holds 1 seat in the French Senate; by 2010, New Caledonia will gain a second seat in the French Senate; elections last held 24 September 2001 (next to be held not later than September 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - UMP 1; New Caledonia also elects 2 seats to the French National Assembly; elections last held 9 and 16 June 2002 (next to be held by June 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - UMP 2

      Judicial branch:
      Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel; County Courts; Joint Commerce Tribunal Court; Children's Court

      Political parties and leaders:
      Alliance pour la Caledonie or APLC [Didier LE ROUX]; Caledonian Union or UC; Federation des Comites de Coordination des Independantistes or FCCI [Francois BURCK]; Front National or FN [Guy GEORGE]; Front Uni de Liberation Kanak or FULK [Ernest UNE]; Kanak Socialist Front for National Liberation or FLNKS [leader NA] (includes PALIKA, UNI, UC, and UPM); Parti de Liberation Kanak or PALIKA [Paul NEAOUTYINE and Elie POIGOUNE]; Rally for Caledonia in the Republic (anti independent) or RPCR-UMP [Jacques LAFLEUR]; The Future Together or AE [Harold MARTIN]; Union Nationale pour l'Independance or UNI [Paul NEAOUTYINE]; note - may no longer exist, but Paul NEAOUTYINE has since become a president of Parti de Liberation Kanak or PALIKA; Union Progressiste Melanesienne or UPM [Victor TUTUGORO]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      ICFTU, PIF (observer), SPC, UPU, WFTU, WMO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      none (overseas territory of France)

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      none (overseas territory of France)

      Flag description:
      the flag of France is used

      NOTE: The information regarding New Caledonia on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of New Caledonia Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about New Caledonia Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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