27 Oct 2004

New French Polynesian government expected to be named today

7:07 am on 27 October 2004

Last week's election of Gaston Flosse as French Polynesia's President is faced with legal challenges.

This comes as Mr Flosse is about to name a Government while Oscar Temaru's ousted administration is on a hunger strike to back calls for a fresh general election.

Radio New Zealand International's news editor Walter Zweifel is in Papeete.

"The Speaker says the Autonomy Statute passed by Mr Flosse last year has left a legal void that has led to the current confusion. Its 169 articles were passed in two days and then approved by France under urgency. His comments come as Mr Temaru wants a ruling on the election process which failed to invite him to last week's sitting, although he was a candidate. In another case lodged with the prosecutor in Papeete, the candidate Yves Conroy, says the Assembly's third vice president failed to adhere to key points during the procedure, and he accuses MP Pascale Haiti of usurping the Assembly's secretary by assisting in the election."