Pro-independence supporters celebrate the results of an independence referendum vote in Nouméa, New Caledonia, in October. In a vote that marked a milestone in a three-decade decolonization effort, 46.7% supported independence. Now the Pacific island territory has a government made up mostly of pro-independence politicians and the congress is expected to select a new president this month.

Pro-independence supporters celebrate the results of the vote in Noumea, New Caledonia, Sunday, Oct.4, 2020. A majority of voters in New Caledonia, an archipelago in in the South Pacific, chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, in a referendum that marked a milestone moment in a three-decade long decolonization effort. The overseas ministry said results show 53.3% of the voters who participated in the referendum have chosen to maintain ties with France, while 46.7% supported independence. (AP Photo/Mathurin Derel)