French Guiana Votes Down Self Rule

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CaribWorldNews, PARIS, France, Mon. Jan. 11, 2010: Voters in French Guiana say they prefer to remain as a French territory.

Results from a referendum vote on the subject, released by the French government,  show that seventy percent voters in French Guiana voted against more autonomy on the island.

The wording of the question asked voters if they wanted to change the status to make it more like that governing more autonomous French territories such as New Caledonia in the Pacific.
Slightly over 48 percent of voters cast ballots in the referendum.

Meanwhile, results for a similar vote in the French Caribbean island of Martinique are expected to be known later today. Over 41 percent of voters voted in the referendum on the island on Sunday.

The votes were held a year after French overseas departments in the Caribbean as well as the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion were convulsed by strikes and rioting over low wages and high prices.

 

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