22 Oct 2007

More opposition to French government's proposed electoral changes in French Polynesia

10:48 am on 22 October 2007

Two French assembly members of the opposition Socialist Party have spoken

out against the government's plan to change French Polynesia's electoral

system under urgency for a new territorial assembly to be chosen in an

early election in January.

The two, Bruno Leroux and Bernard Roman, say they doubt the reform being

pushed by the new French government will achieve its goal of bringing

about greater political stability.

In the past three years, four motions of no confidence have been passed

in the assembly in Tahiti but a vast majority of the assembly members are

against the latest French reform plan, which favours two rounds of


A French senator of the ruling UMP Party has also been to Papeete in

preparation of the reform project which is to be debated in the senate in

mid-November before being submitted the assembly.

The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi,

is due in Tahiti later this week on his third visit to the territory in

less than three months, with the reform likely to again be on the agenda