French Caribbean exclaves reject autonomy

Voters in the French Caribbean exclaves of Martinique and Guyana rejected a proposal Sunday to give local government more autonomy.

French Caribbean exclaves reject autonomy

Voters in the French Caribbean exclaves of Martinique and Guyana rejected a proposal Sunday to give local government more autonomy in a referendum at the weekend, authorities said.

Election officials in Martinique said 80 percent of voters rejected the plan, with 55 percent participation, according to preliminary results. Some votes remained to be counted, but officials did not expect the results to change significantly.

In French Guiana, 70 percent voted "no," with 48 percent turnout.

A year after protests against high prices in the island of Guadeloupe spread to both Martinique and Guyana, the referendum offered the chance to vote for changes that would have given local lawmakers more scope to initiate legislation of their own, though it was not a vote for independence.

"Martinique and French Guiana missed a date with history and passed alongside a reform that would have allowed them to better understand their future," said Claude Lise, president of Martinique's General Council, one of two legislative bodies.



Agencies

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