18 Feb 2005

Decision close on whether French Polynesian Government will resign

4:32 pm on 18 February 2005

A decision is imminent in French Polynesia on whether the Government will resign.

The President Gaston Flosse is meeting his party's central committee in Pirae to decide whether to quit or face a no confidence motion tomorrow.

Walter Zweifel is in Pirae.

"Mr Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party failed to win a majority in last week's election but he said the result was a victory for those wanting autonomy. His spokesman Jean Christophe Boissou resigned in protest yesterday, saying Mr Flosse is destroying the party and stopping reconciliation. And he says it is bad for democracy if Mr Flosse is clinging onto power at all costs. If there is no resignation, his position will be tested in the assembly tomorrow. His supporters are dived on what action to take now. The meeting is continuing."