Fritch due to launch Tahiti party next month

1:33 pm on 11 January 2016
French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch

French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch Photo: AFP

Reports from French Polynesia say the president Edouard Fritch and his supporters will launch a new political party at an inaugural congress on February the 20th.

This was announced by a private radio station in Tahiti and comes just weeks after Mr Fritch secured a majority in the territorial assembly for his Tapura Tahoeraa group.

The group was created in the aftermath of a split within the dominant Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party whose leader Gaston Flosse lost political office because of corruption but who opposed the work of his successor, Mr Fritch.

Flosse excluded some members while others, one by one, resigned to give Mr Fritch a majority.

Mr Fritch's coalition government includes the leader of the Atia Porinetia Party, Teva Rohfritsch, while his assembly group lists all pro-autonomy members who are not in Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira

The offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party in French Polynesia

The offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party in French Polynesia Photo: RNZI / Walter Zweifel