Emmanuel Tjibaou, first pro-independence MP since 1986, elected on a line of appeasement | EUROtoday

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Candidate Emmanuel Tjibaou and his alternate Amandine Darras, in Dumbea, New Caledonia, July 3, 2024.

With his large glasses and full beard that eats up his face, and his shirt with Oceanian motifs, Emmanuel Tjibaou has a speech as relaxed as his look. At 47, the son of Jean-Marie Tjibaou, who till now had by no means let himself be seduced by the sirens of politics, regardless of quite a few appeals, threw himself headlong, three weeks in the past, into the race for the legislative elections within the 2e constituency of New Caledonia. He was propelled to the National Assembly with 57% of the votes, forty-three years after the election of the final independence activist to have sat there, Rock Pidjot.

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A easy activist registered with the fundamental part of the Caledonian Union (UC) of his tribe of Tiendanite, this father of 4 kids, director of tradition for the Northern province of New Caledonia, was satisfied by a candidacy that was supposed to be unifying: “He is the candidate of the independentists and nationalists, not of the FLNKS [Front de libération nationale kanak et socialiste] or the UC »his campaign team tirelessly repeats.

However, it was the UC that took the initiative to present candidates the day after the fiasco of the FLNKS congress planned for Netchaot, in the North, on June 15, which saw the pro-independence gathering unable to meet and therefore to agree on candidates.

Child of “events”

At a time when New Caledonia is in turmoil and the traditional independence parties are being challenged by the emancipation of the field action coordination unit (CCAT), at the origin of the mobilization against the reform of the electoral body which degenerated into riots from May 13, Emmanuel Tjibaou is not responsible for any results, and his family name allows us to place the current independence struggle in the same vein as that of the 1980s.

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The same strategy was applied in the other Caledonian constituency, where Omayra Naisseline, daughter-in-law of Nidoïsh Naisseline, founder of one of the very first independence movements, the Foulards Rouges, was tasked, without the same success, with defending the independence colours. She lost in the second round to the outgoing MP for the neighbouring constituency, the loyalist Nicolas Metzdorf, who was elected with 52.4% of the vote.

Emmanuel Tjibaou reminds us that he is a child of “occasions” from the 1980s: “That's why I bought concerned, as a result of it hurts me to see the identical photographs once more at the moment, he explains. We have gone backwards, ignoring the truth that for thirty years we’ve been constructing peace.” The civil war, Emmanuel Tjibaou paid a high price for it, he who learned, at the age of 13, in 1989, of the death of his father ” on the tv “as he recounts within the documentary In the title of the daddy, the son and the spirits (2017).

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