3 Aug 2006

French Polynesian government defends extra expenditure

6:32 pm on 3 August 2006

A government MP in French Polynesia has defended the extra expenditure in the territory's supplementary budget.

It was approved by 29 of the assembly's 57 members in a session that lasted about 20 hours.

The government added another 100 million US dollars to the administration's operating costs.

MP Tea Hirshon says some expenditure is the legacy of the four-month return of Gaston Flosse in the controversial election of October 2004.

"He hired 600 people in the four-month transition period. And when we came their contracts were expired. And then they went on strike and blocked the city and we had to give them permanent contracts."

Tea Hirshon