12 Feb 2009

French Polynesia's assembly scheduled to elect a new president today

4:59 am on 12 February 2009

French Polynesia's assembly is scheduled to meet this morning to elect a new president following last weekend's resignation of Gaston Tong Sang.

It is the third presidential in less than a year after France ordered an early general election under a new electoral system in a bid to increase political stability.

Despite losing his majority in the assembly last month and despite the departure of his five ministers last week, Mr Tong Sang is standing again.

The Union For Democracy has nominated Oscar Temaru as a candidate.

The Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has nominated Edouard Fritch as its candidate.

Mr Tong Sang had come to power last April after two assembly members defected to his side just weeks into a five-year assembly term to help him oust the government led by Gaston Flosse.