The president of the Territorial Collectivity of Guiana, Gabriel Serville, said it was necessary not to let “the Corsican train” pass, in reference to current calls for autonomy in the Mediterranean island, which the French government has said it is willing to negotiate.
A steering committee made up of elected Guianese representatives will draft a proposal for autonomy that will be presented to the French government after the April (presidential) and June (legislative) elections. On the table is the idea of legislative autonomy, as in New Caledonia and Polynesia.
The Territorial Collectivity of Guiana now has executive, but not legislative, autonomy.
The elected representatives have also supported the idea that the autonomy proposal should be validated through a popular vote.
In January 2020, Guianese elected representatives passed a resolution calling for a “sui generis status” to be negotiated with Paris. The demand did not materialise.