7 Apr 2009

French Polynesian pressure grows to sideline Flosse

1:33 pm on 7 April 2009

The French Polynesian coalition government is putting pressure on the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party to curb the influence of its leader, Gaston Flosse, as President Oscar Temaru is considering striking a new power-sharing deal with the opposition To Tatou Aia coalition.

The pro-independence Union For Democracy says it is happy to continue its partnership with the Tahoeraa but not with Mr Flosse who has now called a party top meeting tomorrow to discuss the challenges.

On key policy issues, Mr Flosse has disagreed with the coalition government whose head of communications, Moetai Brotherson, says time has run out for Mr Flosse.

"We cannot go on with Mr Flosse still having the weight that he has on his party, the Tahoeraa Huiraatira, and also being able to sabotage the government's action from within the assembly."

Moetai Brotherson says there are calls for Mr Flosse's deputy, Edouard Fritch, to assume the party leadership.