3 Mar 2005

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa split over possible role in a Temaru government

2:55 pm on 3 March 2005

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party appears split ahead of tomorrow's presidential election which is likely to see Oscar Temaru of the Union For Democracy to be chosen for the top job for the second time in nine months.

The Tahoeraa leader, Gaston Flosse, who was ousted in a no confidence motion nearly two weeks ago, has called for a government of national unity.

But a senior minister of his administration, Georges Puchon, is now considering joining a possible Temaru-led government.

The Tahoeraa secretary-general, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, says the party is divided about the prospect of a Tahoeraa member working with the rival camp.

"There is one part of the Tahoeraa who doesn't like this kind of approach. What I can say is that I like Mr Georges Puchon. I think that's a good thing to have people from the Tahoeraa in the government. We need today to gather again to unify our people."

Jean-Christophe Bouissou in Tahiti