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Second attempt to elect president of New Caledonia fails

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Second attempt in a month to elect a president of New Caledonia has failed.

This morning the 11 ministers chosen by Congress to form a new administration again failed to elect a president, leaving the territory without a properly constituted government, reports RNZ.

The impasse means that the previous administration headed by Philippe Germain will continue as a caretaker administration.

Two years ago New Caledonia had no proper government for months because of a similar impasse.

A fresh election was made necessary because the budget minister resigned last month to take up a seat in the French National Assembly.

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