29 May 2006

Two French Polynesian ministers accused of conflict of interest

3:49 pm on 29 May 2006

A complaint has been lodged with the French high commission in Tahiti alleging that two French Polynesian ministers are in office in breach of a clause aimed at preventing conflicts of interest.

The Tahitipresse news agency says the issue has been raised by a citizen, Yves Conroy, who has previously acted against apparent breaches that he considered the French state was not inclined to act upon.

Mr Conroy says article 76 of the autonomy statute doesn't allow heads of enterprises to also be ministers.

He says Michel Yip and Temauri Foster who were made ministers in April had a month to declare to the high commission which option they chose.

Last week, the French supreme court reportedly rejected an appeal by Mr Conroy on the eligibility of an MP convicted for corruption, saying it wouldn't overturn a ruling made by a Tahiti court on the matter.