8 Oct 2008

French Polynesian agency head quits amid corruption allegations

2:08 pm on 8 October 2008

The head of French Polynesia's agency in charge of outer island development, Teina Maraeura, has quit his post after being questioned for alleged corruption.

His departure has been reported by the local press and comes after last week's interrogation by French investigators who flew to Rangiroa where he is mayor.

The officers questioned Mr Maraeura over alleged theft and misuse of public funds as head of the agency's board.

The newspaper, Les Nouvelles de Tahiti, says he had no option but to resign.

Mr Maraeura is also the leader of an outer island group of assembly members whose backing gives the ruling coalition of President Gaston Tong Sang the minimum number to have a majority.