9 Apr 2009

Dissent within French Polyensia's ruling party over planned new power deal

1:40 pm on 9 April 2009

Members of the French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy say they are opposed to scrapping the alliance with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira to enter a new powersharing deal with the opposition.

This comes despite the Tahoeraa leader Gaston Flosse's decision to go into opposition after refusing a push for him to resign his assembly seat and to make way for his deputy.

Tea Hirshon of the Union For Democracy says people are angry that President Oscar Temaru and Mr Flosse have fallen out and describes the rift within the two-months old government as a problem limited to the two men.

Ms Hirshon says after being elected President in February, Mr Temaru was told not to ignore Mr Flosse who was disappointed that he had failed to become the head of the government.

"You know what the guyt is like, don't let him loose. Give him some phony title, whatever, but keep him next to you."

Tea Hirshon says no decision has been made on whether a formal deal will be entered with the opposition, which expects to be made part of the government next week.