Philippe Germain

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Philippe Germain
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Germain at the Australia-New Caledonia Business Forum 2015
President of the Government of New Caledonia
Assumed office
1 April 2015
Vice President Jean-Louis d'Anglebermes
Preceded by Cynthia Ligeard
Personal details
Born 1 January 1968
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Nationality French
Political party Caledonia Together

Philippe Germain is a French politician who currently serves as President of the Government of New Caledonia. He is the leader of Caledonia Together, a party that opposes independence from France. He was elected to the presidency on 1 April 2015 with a five-year mandate.[1][2]

Presidency

Before Germain's election on 1 April 2015, the New Caledonian presidency had been legally vacant for more than 100 days, although Cynthia Ligeard stayed on as a "caretaker" while attempting to secure election to a five-year term.[1][3] Attempts to elect a president and vice president, who must represent both the anti- and pro-independence camps in New Caledonia under the Nouméa Accord, were unsuccessful until three ministers from the pro-independence minority agreed to back Germain.[2] Ligeard accused Germain of "betrayal" and blamed the French government for engineering her defeat.[2][3] Fifteen members of Congress and three government ministers boycotted Germain's first policy address as president, during which he spoke for two hours and talked about New Caledonia's capacity to govern itself if voters choose independence in an upcoming referendum.[4]

Within weeks of taking office, Germain sacked the assistants of Ligeard and two other government ministers,[5] although they were swiftly reinstated by court order.[6] Germain and Ligeard also clashed over the former's decision to forgive a $26 million debt owed by the Kanak-owned mining company SMSP in April 2015, with Ligeard denying that her government had previously agreed to the concession as Germain claimed.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Germain becomes New Caledonia president". Radio New Zealand. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Ousted New Caledonia President Claims 'Betrayal' By New President". Pacific Islands Report. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Hubert, Mic (12 April 2015). "New Caledonia, new president". The Global Panorama. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Boycott clouds New Caledonia presidential address". Radio New Zealand. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  5. ^ "New Caledonia ministerial staff sacked". Radio New Zealand. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "New Caledonia ministerial staff reinstated". Radio New Zealand. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ "New Caledonia row over mine debt relief". Radio New Zealand. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.


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