14 Sep 2007

French Polynesia assembly meets today for presidential election

10:28 am on 14 September 2007

The French Polynesian assembly is to elect a new president today after it failed to muster a quorum earlier this week.

Three candidates are standing, including Gaston Tong Sang who lost the presidency at the end of August when several of his party colleagues voted for the opposition's no confidence motion.

The other two candidates are Edouard Fritch and the opposition's Oscar Temaru who has the largest block of assembly members behind him but not enough for an absolute majority.

This week the French supreme court ruled that if there is a need to have a second round of voting, a simple majority will suffice to elect a president.

The vote comes as the French government plans a reform to shorten the term of the current assembly and call early fresh general elections.