15 Dec 2009

French Polynesian assembly majority compromised

3:05 pm on 15 December 2009

French Polynesia's ruling coalition appears to have again lost its majority after the Tahoeraa Huiraatira's Chantal Galenon decided to be an independent.

This come as the assembly today failed to meet because it lacked a quorum as the Tahoeraa leader, Gaston Flosse, is in jail as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

The assembly is to finalise the budget but after last month's change of government, the new administration wants to amend it.

The opposition also stayed away from the sitting today, saying it was not up to it to ensure there was a majority of members in the assembly.

Ten days ago, the majority was briefly lost when Heifara Izal quit the camp only to rejoin it later in the day.

The current government came to power last month after the previous coalition fractured amid disputes over the budget.