16 Apr 2008

Government in French Polynesia set to fall

7:59 am on 16 April 2008

The French Polynesian assembly is set to approve a motion of no

confidence which will oust the seven-week old government of Gaston

Flosse.

The session opened a short time ago with 29 opposition members present

which is enough to pass the motion that will install Gaston Tong Sang

as the next president.

The government side is boycotting the sitting after losing two

members, Michel Yip and Justine Teura, to the To Tatou Aia opposotion

coalition.

The opposition accused Mr Flosse of public perjury for siding with the

Union For Democracy after the early general election in February.

If the government falls as expected it will be the second time Mr Tong

Sang has won the presidency.