Macron prepared “to go to the referendum” on the contested reform of the electoral physique | EUROtoday

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“I“I can go to the referendum at any time.” This Saturday, May 25, Emmanuel Macron mentioned he was able to submit the contested reform of the voters in New Caledonia to a nationwide referendum, in an interview revealed in The Parisian.

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Questioned on the airplane getting back from a visit to New Caledonia, the President of the Republic mentioned he was contemplating the referendum, significantly if native elected officers did not agree amongst themselves on the topic. However, he recalled that his preliminary need is for them to agree on “a global agreement which would enrich the text already voted by Parliament”.

These statements come as a seventh particular person died on Friday. This 48-year-old man, whose identification has not been communicated, was killed in Dumbéa by a police officer who was taken into police custody.

Tensions have been nonetheless excessive this Saturday on web site, the place the mission to “restore order in the days to come” set by Emmanuel Macron is proving troublesome. The French mainland individuals caught within the archipelago because of the riots are starting to see the top of the tunnel: the primary flights aboard navy plane took off on Saturday from the Magenta aerodrome in Nouméa, in the direction of Australia and New Zealand.

Find “a global agreement”

Despite requires “appeasement” from the Head of State, the roadblocks, dismantled by the police and sometimes instantly reinstalled, proceed to hinder visitors. And the violence continues. During the evening from Friday to Saturday within the Kaméré district of Nouméa, 35 individuals, together with seven minors, in response to the authorities, needed to be evacuated by sea beneath the safety of the nautical brigade after the hearth of a home and looting .

The separatists are nonetheless demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional revision from the electoral physique, risking, in response to them, even additional minimizing the votes of the Kanak individuals, whom the federal government lately deliberate to vote in Congress in June. The President of the Republic gave till the top of June to the elected officers and political leaders of the archipelago, helped by a “mediation mission” of three senior officers dispatched from Paris, to search out “a global agreement” which “will be submitted to the vote of the Caledonians.