New minister chosen in Tahiti shuffle

6:07 pm on 9 October 2015

The French Polynesian president, Edouard Fritch, has appointed Nicole Sanquer as new youth minister in a shuffle aimed at strengthening his government's support in the assembly.

Two ministers, Frederic Riveta and Rene Temeharo, quit their portfolios and returned to their assembly seats, adding them to the Tapura Huiraatira group led by Mr Fritch.

He has taken over the agriculture portfolio in the reshuffle.

The move has reduced the number of Tahoeraa Huiraatira assembly members by two but still leaves the Tapura group short of a majority needed to pass the budget.

The group was formed after a rift within the Tahoeraa Huiraatira which emerged after last year's forced departure of Gaston Flosse from the presidency.

Flosse was convicted for corruption and forced to cede to presidency to Mr Fritch.

French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch

French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch Photo: AFP