1 Nov 2004

Flosse puts stop to audit into his previous term as French Polynesia President

2:35 pm on 1 November 2004

One of the men claiming to be French Polynesia's President has instructed an end to an audit into his previous administratrion.

Gaston Flosse, who was re-elected President in the assembly just over a week ago in a vote the Speaker says was illegal, has put a stop to an audit by Deloitte Touche Tomatsu.

The audit was commissioned by the Oscar Temaru government into the last term of the Flosse administration.

Mr Temaru succeeded Mr Flosse as President after elections in May, but then lost the title two weeks ago in a vote of no confidence by Mr Flosse's supporters in the assembly.

Walter Zweifel reports...

"Last night Oscar temaru went on television to say that an instruction has been issued by Gaston Flosse to stop the audit which was commissioned by Oscar Temaru into the last five years of the Flosse administration. They have a contract with Deloitte Touche Tomatsu for three months. Gaston Flosse has now cancelled that."

Meanwhile, French Polynesia's vice-president, Edouard Fritch, is to lead a delegation to Paris later today as the power struggle between two rival governments in Papeete is in the courts.