World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Flosse evasive about party’s attendance for vote

Flosse evasive about his party’s attendance for Monday’s vote

(Tahitipresse) - French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse said Friday members of his political party holding seats in the French Polynesia Assembly would be present “in principle” Monday for the election of a new government president.

At the same time, Flosse denounced the attitude of his longtime political archrival, pro-independence party leader Oscar Temaru, whom he accused of “buying” Assembly members belonging to Flosse’s soon to be opposition political group. Flosse spoke about Monday’s election during Friday’s inauguration of Place Jacques Chirac in downtown Papeete.
Flosse said he needed to hold a meeting of his political group’s members with seats in the Assembly to see what their decision will be. As for their participation in the Assembly meeting, Flosse said, “In principle, yes. In principle, once again. I haven’t said yes.”

Following the Feb. 13 by-election for 37 Windward Islands seats in the 57-seat Assembly, Flosse’s two-party group and Temaru’s six-party Union for Democracy (UPLD) coalition both ended up with 27 seats. But since then, Temaru picked up one seat previously with a three-seat centrist alliance and appears to have picked up a member from Flosse’s pro-autonomy group. That would give Temaru’s coalition 30 votes, enough to elect Temaru government president for the second time since last June.

With 28 coalition votes and two votes from the pro-autonomy centrist alliance, Temaru toppled Flosse’s nearly four-month-old government on Feb. 18 with the adoption of a no confidence motion Temaru’s coalition filed against the Flosse government.
There are two candidates to become Tahiti’s new government president—Temaru, won a similar election to that post last June, and Gaston Tong Sang, the mayor of Bora Bora and one of the loyal founding members of Flosse’s Tahoeraa Huiraatira political party. Temaru lasted in office four months until his government was toppled when a no confidence motion filed by Flosse was adopted last October.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC