26 Oct 2004

Oscar Temaru says French Polynesian sovereignty violated by what he calls mafia organisations

5:05 pm on 26 October 2004

The ousted coalition in French Polynesia is about to go on a hunger strike to try and convince the French Government to order new Territorial elections.

The territory's long time leader, Gaston Flosse, was re-elected President last weekend, but the Speaker, Antony Geros, has called that election illegal.

A second attempt to elect a President was to be held today, with 17 candidates vying for the position, but it did not go ahead.

Mr Flosse's supporters now say he could name a new Government line up as early as tomorrow.

But Oscar Temaru, who lost the Presidency in a vote of no confidence two weeks ago, says he remains the legitimate President of French Polynesia.

"that is why is we are asking the French Government to take it into account and dissolve the Parliament, and give the last word to the people of this country, whose sovereignty has been violated by, sorry for the word 'mafia organisations' in this country, so it cannot support it"