1 Apr 2009

French Polynesia opposition ready to coooperate with President Temaru

3:41 pm on 1 April 2009

French Polynesia's opposition leader, Gaston Tong Sang, says he is ready to work with President Oscar Temaru in an apparent move to increase political stability.

Mr Tong Sang, who was ousted from the presidency two months ago, says he is not deaf to the calls by Mr Temaru and is following a public sentiment for politicians to cooperate in the face of the economic crisis.

He made his comments at a news conference fronted by several members of his To Tatou Aia coalition.

The declaration follow last week's opposition support for the government when a key partner, the Tahoeraa Huiraatira of Gaston Flosse, chose to abstain in a vote.

The stance prompted Mr Temaru to warn that the coalition government, based on a deal struck in 2007, could be at its end.

In February, Mr Tong Sang lost power after several members of his side switched to the Temaru/Flosse side which emerged with the biggest majority in the assembly in nearly five years.

Mr Tong Sang now says he is ready to meet Mr Temaru soon.