Martiniquean status referendum, 2010
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A referendum on becoming an overseas territory was held in Martinique on 10 January 2010. The proposal was rejected by 79% of voters, with a turnout of 55%. A simultaneous referendum was rejected in French Guiana.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed the referendum after visiting the Caribbean island of Martinique in June 2009. The French overseas departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe had suffered prolonged general strikes in early 2009, due to low wages and standards of living.
Martinican voters were asked whether they wanted to more power to be given to the local government based in Fort-de-France. If passed, Martinique would have been granted more autonomy, similar to New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean.
|Source: Direct Democracy|
- Martinique (France), 10 January 2010: Conversion to Overseas Territory Direct Democracy (German)
- French Guiana (France), 10 January 2010: Conversion to Overseas Territory Direct Democracy (German)
- "French Guiana and Martinique reject increased autonomy". BBC News. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
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