Loueckhote served as the sole member from New Caledonia to the French Senate from 1992 until 2011. Loueckhote announced in September 2011 that he would not seek re-election to the Senate after the Union for a Popular Movement political party threw its support to two other candidates, Pierre Frogier and Hilarion Vendegou, in June.
In 2011, New Caledonia's representation in the Senate of France was increased to two members as part of the Senate's enlargement. An electoral college held on September 24, 2011, will elect the two new Senators, who will succeed Loueckhote.
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