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Philippe Gomes elected as New Caledonia president
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16:04, June 05, 2009

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New Caledonia's 54-seat Congress has elected anti-independence leader Philippe Gomes as the new president of the local 11-member government, the Oceania Flash reported on Friday.

But the position of vice-president remained vacant.

Through a process of proportionality of the three provinces representations, the 54-member Congress voted to elect a president and a vice-president of the local government.

In accordance with their representation within the Congress, the pro-French parties have the right to seven of the 11 portfolios in the yet-to-be-formed government. The pro-independence camp claims the remaining four portfolios.

There was also dissent on the name of the vice-president, which the Friday session of the Congress was unable to elect.

Incumbent Vice-President, pro-independence Dewe Gorodey, is seeking to be re-elected.

But Jean-Louis d'Anglebermes (FLNKS) is also vying for the second top position in the power-sharing government.

A new meeting is to take place next week to try and iron out the issue.


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