14 Aug 2008

Tefaarere launches new party in French Polynesia

7:23 pm on 14 August 2008

An assembly member of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition, Hiro Tefaarere, has formed his own political party while for the time being remaining part of the ruling coalition.

Mr Tefaarere has called his party A rohi and says a congress will be held in late September or early October.

He says his party wants to set an end to nepotism and election promises that won't be kept.

Mr Tefaarere says his party will put emphasis on the land question, French Polynesian culture and institutional ties between the territory and France.

He says he has a vision for development that will move away from what he calls the sterile and silly dispute between autonomy and independence.

Mr Tefaarere quit the Aia Api Party after this year's general election.

He served as a minister under the pro-independence leader, Oscar Temaru, and was also acting assembly president following the political turmoil of 2004.