7 Dec 2007

French Constitutional Council approves constitutional changes in French Polynesia

11:31 am on 7 December 2007

The highest constitutional body in France has approved proposals designed to stabilise the territorial governance of French Polynesia.

The Constitutional Council in Paris says elections can be brought forward to next month, and can be held under a new electoral system, with two rounds of voting.

The legislation does not penalise members of the territorial assembly in Papeete who switch parties once elected.

A number of governments have fallen in recent years because assembly members swapped their party allegiances.