5 Jul 2012

New political movement signalled in Tahiti

9:01 am on 5 July 2012

Seven French Polynesian politicians of minor parties have launched a new movement aimed at dislodging the established blocs.

No name has been chosen yet for this alliance, which includes several unsuccessful candidates of last month's election of a new French National Assembly, such as a former assembly president, Philip Schyle.

At a news conference, they said they wanted to offer a new future to the territory as the current system had come to an end, with those in power lacking the courage to say that there was a need to end relying on handouts.

The grouping says it stands for autonomy but would like to see as a common denominator progressive policies to set them apart from the ruling pro-independence Union For Democracy and the Tahoeraa Huiraatira, which was the winner in last month's French polls.

Elections for a new territorial assembly are planned for next year.