5 Nov 2007

French Polynesia's Bouissou puts leadership on line

9:12 am on 5 November 2007

The leader of French Polynesia's small opposition Rautahi Party, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, says he is prepared to quit his assembly seat and party leadership over his court conviction for corruption.

He was fined nearly 2,000 US dollars for unduly favouring a relative in a social housing allocation when he was the housing minister in 2002.

Mr Bouissou says if his party no longer has confidence in him, he will step down.

He also says he would like to see the housing allocation lists, claiming that many other politicians would find themselves in the same situation.

Last week, the former minister said he accepted the verdict but added that under his leadership more than 6,000 housing units were built.