17 Mar 2008

Mayor of New Caledonian capital, Noumea, re-elected for a fifth term

9:20 am on 17 March 2008

The mayor of the New Caledonian capital, Noumea, has been re-elected for a fifth term in the second round of the weekend municipal election.

Jean Leques, who has been mayor since 1986, won most votes but failed to win an absolute majority.

His Rassemblement-UMP party also won the mayoralties in the two next largest New Caledonian towns ahead of the candidates of the Future Together.

Meanwhile, French Polynesians are going to the polls today in their municipal elections.

The focal points are Pirae where the To Tatou Aia coalition is poised to dislodge the Tahoeraa Huiraatira and Mahina, which is set to re-elect as mayor a jailed fraud suspect, Emile Vernaudon.

In France, the overseas territories minister, Christian Estrosi, is expected to quit the government if he becomes the mayor of Nice today.