14 Apr 2005

French Polynesia's ruling party split on speaker candidacy

3:17 pm on 14 April 2005

French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy has failed to agree on a candidate for tomorrow's election of a speaker.

The speaker elected last June, Antony Geros, lost his position in November when the French supreme court annulled the election results for 37 seats in the assembly.

Mr Geros was re-elected to the assembly two months ago but the interim speaker, Hiro Tefaarere, has rejected calls to back a return of Mr Geros to the post.

Tea Hirshon of the Union For Democracy says so far no consensus could be reached.

"We are 29 in our group, and 28 have signed a document to support the candidacy of Tony Geros, the former president of the assembly. And the actual president, Hiro Tefaarere, does not follow the wish of the majority and decided to run on his own."

Tea Hirshon of the Union For Democracy