Oceanian Democratic Rally

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Oceanian Democratic Rally
Rassemblement démocratique océanien
Leader Aloïsio Sako
Founded 1994 (1994)
Headquarters Nouméa
Ideology Separatism, Melanesian socialism, communitarianism
National affiliation None, close to the Socialist Party
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group None
Colours Red
Seats in the Congress 1
Seats in the South Province 1
Seats in the North Province 0
Seats in the Loyalty Islands Province 0
Politics of New Caledonia
Political parties
Elections

The Oceanian Democratic Rally (French: Rassemblement démocratique océanien, RDO) is a militant socialist pro-independence political party in New Caledonia. It is a component of the National Union for Independence, which in turn is one of the two components of the Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS).

History[edit]

The RDO was founded in 1994 by local Polynesian Wallisians and Futunians favourable to the independence of New Caledonia from France. Aloïsio Sako, who had served as President of the Polynesian-based Oceanian Union and was a police officer, was removed from office by the then-Minister of the Interior Charles Pasqua.

The party currently[when?] holds one seat in the Congress of New Caledonia representing the South Province, which has a sizeable Polynesian population.