New Caledonia begins voting in independence referendum

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By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – The French territory of New Caledonia began voting on Sunday in an independence referendum, the third and final ballot on the issue amid heightened fears of violence in the tiny Pacific island. The final vote on the issue is expected to be tight, after two previous polls, in 2018 and 2020, narrowed the “No” vote from 57% to 53%. However, the indigenous Kanak population, who largely favour independence, have called for non-participation in the referendum as they are in a 12-month mourning period following September’s surge in Delta infections of the coronav…

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