New Caledonian independence referendum, 1987

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An independence referendum was held in New Caledonia on 13 September 1987.[1] Voters were given the choice of remaining part of France or becoming independent. Only 1.7% voted in favour of independence.


By a vote of 325 to 249, the French Parliament passed a law on 15 April 1984 on holding an independence referendum in New Caledonia.[1] However, the French government rejected the involvement of UN observers.[1] Independence movements including the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front boycotted the referendum.[1]


Do you wish New Caledonia to remain in the French Republic, or do you wish to become independent?
Choice Votes %
Invalid/blank votes797
Registered voters/turnout85,02259.10
Source: Direct Democracy


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