12 Feb 2008

Leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition calls for support by members

8:53 am on 12 February 2008

The leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition, Gaston Tong Sang, has called on other assembly members to support his bid to form a majority.

Unofficial results show it has won 27 of the assembly's 57 seats and needs the backing of two more members to govern for the next five years.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"Mr Tong Sang has called on those elected to unite to create a stable majority to move the territory forward. He also says he respects his rivals Oscar Temaru and Gaston Flosse who less than half a year ago joined forces to end his first term as president. Yesterday's vote left the Union For Democracy with 20 seats in second place and Mr Flosse 's Tahoeraa gutted with just ten seats. To enter any coalition, the Tahoeraa wants the party hoppers of the last assembly to be excluded from any To Tatou Aia ministerial line-up. How the three sides accommodate their desire to rule will be revealed no later than on February the 21st when the new assembly is convened to elect the assembly president. In Papeete, I'm Walter Zweifel"