30 Jun 2005

French Polynesian MPs dismayed at payout to top presidential official

2:44 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 also 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.

"We are very, very, very unhappy about it and we made it known to him and to the president. To us it is a shame, shameful to do it. We are extremely unhappy, all of us the representatives at the assembly."

Tea Hirshon