Movement for Diversity

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Movement for Diversity
Leader Simon Loueckhote
Founded 2008 (2008)
Headquarters 34, rue Gallieni - Centre Ville
98800 Nouméa
Ideology Anti-separatism, autonomism, Gaullism
National affiliation None
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group None
Colours Blue
Seats in the Congress
0 / 54
Seats in the South Province
1 / 40
Seats in the North Province
0 / 22
Seats in the Loyalty Islands Province
0 / 14
Website
www.lmd.nc
Politics of New Caledonia
Political parties
Elections

The Movement for Diversity (French: Mouvement de la diversité, LMD) is a right-wing political party in New Caledonia, strongly supportive of the French status of the region; it is close to the French Union for a Popular Movement.

History[edit]

Jacques Lafleur, the former leader of the major loyalist Rally for Caledonia in the Republic (RPCR) left the RPCR in 2006 to found the Rally for Caledonia (RPC). The island's sole Senator, the anti-independence Kanak Simon Loueckhote joined the RPC in 2006, but in 2008, he left the party following a series of electoral defeats to form the Movement for Diversity, the LMD.

Despite being a Kanak, Loueckhote is strongly opposed to New Caledonia's independence from France.

In the 2009 election, the LMD allied with the centrist Future Together list in the South Province, which won 16.33% in the province and two members of the LMD were elected, including Loueckhote. As a result, Loueckhote was eligible to sit in the Congress of New Caledonia. In the Loyalty Islands, the LMD ran independently and won only 3.6%, below the 5% threshold for seats.