The Secretary of State for Citizenship Sonia Backès, candidate in the senatorial elections in New Caledonia, was beaten in the second round by the separatist Robert Xowie, we learned from parliamentary source Sunday, September 24.
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Third in the first round in which the dissident candidate Les Républicains Georges Naturel was elected, Sonia Backès (Renaissance) did not manage to fill up with grand electors in the second round, losing to the candidate of the Kanak Liberation Front (FLNKS), who entered the Senate.
Sole government official
This is a first setback for the presidential party in these senatorial elections, while Sonia Backès was the only government representative to stand in this election.
The president of the southern province of New Caledonia, who was seeking a first term, suffered a serious failure with this arrival of the separatists in the Senate, a few days after a meeting at the Elysee between loyalists and separatists with the hope of finding an agreement on the status of the archipelago by the end of the year with a view to a constitutional revision in early 2024.
In the archipelago, the two outgoing senators Pierre Frogier and Gérard Poadja were defeated. The Senate is renewed by half Sunday with an indirect election in about forty overseas departments and territories.