30 Jun 2005

French Polynesian MPs unhappy about massive payout to government official

2:10 pm on 30 June 2005

French Polynesian assembly members have expressed their displeasure at President Oscar Temaru's re-hiring of Patrick Leboucher as cabinet director.

Mr Leboucher has succeeded in getting the equivalent of fourteen annual pays of the minimum wage for improper dismissal by Mr Temaru when his previous government fell last year.

The presidency has defended Mr Leboucher, saying he has led important missions and represented the territory at the summer ball in Monaco.

But a member of Mr Temaru's party, Tea Hirshon, says the massive payout and the re-hiring to the same post are a shame.

"Oscar Temaru is the one who has called him to be his cabinet director and we went and met Oscar Temaru about that matter and it's up to him. As far as we are concerned, we have manifested our disagreement, our unhappiness with that."

Tea Hirshon