30 Jan 2008

Flosse rules out alliance with any pro-independence party in French Polynesia

9:34 pm on 30 January 2008

The leader of French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira says his party won't enter into any alliance that would see the election of a pro-independence politician as the next president.

Gaston Flosse made the comment two days after his party's setback in the first round of the early general election.

The former President's party came third well behind the To Tatou Aia Party formed last September by a former Tahoeraa politician, Gaston Tong Sang.

Mr Flosse has taken responsibility for his party's poor result and expressed regret if some of his recent decisions disappointed his backers.

Last July, he entered into talks with the pro-independence Union For Democracy and a few weeks later he supported its bid to oust Mr Tong Sang from the presidency.

A second round to choose a 57-member assembly will be held on February the 10th, with a presidential election to follow in the assembly.