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New Caledonia's Congress elects new cabinet
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10:25, August 22, 2007

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New Caledonia's Congress has elected a new 11- member cabinet.

The cabinet consists of seven pro-French and four pro- independence MPs, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio reported Wednesday.

It was also the second time the 54-seat Congress had to form a government in as many weeks.

New Caledonia's MPs had to use a newly-installed polling booth and place their ballots in individual envelopes.

It follows changes to the voting process hurriedly endorsed last week.

The revised voting process was introduced to avoid a repeat of a blunder that occurred two weeks ago and led to the resignation of three pro-independence members, according to ABC.

Located in the region of Melanesia in the southwest Pacific, New Caledonia, the French overseas territory, has a land area of 18,575.5 square kms and a population of around 240,400.

Source: Xinhua

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