15 Feb 2005

French Polynesia's Union for Democracy wins Tahiti-Moorea by-election

7:32 am on 15 February 2005

French Polynesia's Union for Democracy has won the Tahiti-Moorea by-election.

Its victory marks a second election defeat for Gaston Flosse in less than nine months, but has left the territory, once again, without a clear majority.

Radio New Zealand International's news editor Walter Zweifel reports from Tahiti.

"After Tahiti's most intense election campaign ever, voters have rejected Mr Flosse's bid to restore his grip on power. The Tahoeraa Huiraatira won just 10 seats, while Oscar Temaru's coalition won 25. But despite the cheers of his supporters, the balance of power in the 57-member assembly is now in the hands of the Alliance for a New Democracy. Philip Schyle and Nicole Bouteau, however, have ruled out a new coalition. Tough negotiations lie ahead to find a majority. In Papeete, I'm Walter Zweifel."