26 Aug 2003

French law commission on Tahiti visit

12:04 pm on 26 August 2003

A delegation of the French law commission has arrived in French Polynesia to look at provision of the proposed new autonomy statute.

The 5-member team of the national assembly in Paris is led by MP Pascal Clememt and will be in the territory for six days.

They are scheduled to have talks with political, economic and union leaders on the statute which has already been approved by the French Polynesian assembly.

The delegation will discuss reforms affecting the powers of the territory's 42 municipalities.

Opposition parties have come out against several aspects of the autonomy package, including concerns over a lack of separation of power and a clause to choose a president who has not been first elected.