25 Apr 2008

French Polynesian assembly lacks quorum as new government faces fresh pressures

1:35 pm on 25 April 2008

The French Polynesian assembly has failed to hold its first meeting since last week's change of government as the new administration is being threatened with a no confidence motion.

The president, Gaston Tong Sang, is being challenged within his own eight-party coalition for ignoring the aspirations of some of the 29 assembly members who helped him win power last week.

Joelle Frebault is one of his backers to threaten with defection because her husband was not made a minister last weekend.

Sabrina Birk of the opposition Union For Democracy says a motion to oust the new government could be lodged any day.

"This is was the first assembly meeting after they overthrew us if they really did have the majority. They were supposed to be 29 to be in the majority and they were only 22 this morning."

Sabrina Birk.

The Tong Sang government is the third administration the territory has seen this year.