18 Feb 2008

More meetings planned to try to form government in French Polynesia

6:43 am on 18 February 2008

A further meeeting is planned in French Polynesia tomorrow in a bid for the two pro-autonomy parties to form a majority for the new

assembly's five-year term.

Delegations of the To Tatou Aia coalition and the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party met for three days last week but failed to strike a power sharing agreement after early general elections more than a week ago.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The Tahoeraa's Edouard Fritch says his side is profoundly disappointed with the offer by Gaston Tong Sang, insisting that a Tahoeraa member be chosen as the assembly president when it has its first meeting in four days. Mr Tong Sang is under pressure to satisfy the expectations of the leaders of his eight party coalition while accommodating the demands of the Tahoeraa which still refuses to join a government that includes some of the To Tatou Aia leaders. Meanwhile, the president's office says French Polynesia should only consider as head of government someone who is not under investigation. The statement by Oscar Temaru targets Mr Tong Sang, Mr Fritch and Gaston Flosse who are all at the centre of a probe for alleged fraud."