17 Feb 2005

Resignation weakens Flosse position further ahead of special sitting of French Polynesian assembly

7:21 pm on 17 February 2005

A senior French Polynesian Government Minister, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, has resigned from the Gaston Flosse led administration.

Mr Bouissou who was the Government's official spokesman says he objects to Mr Flosse's refusal to resign following the set back in the Tahiti by-election.

WZ reports..

"Mr Flosse has said before the by-election that he would step down, should his Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party fail to win a majority of seats. After the election Mr Bouissou defended Mr Flosse in a televised discussion saying the result was not official. But the count is now official and the rival Union for Democracy has lodged a motion of no confidence that is due to be discussed later this week. Despite his resignation Mr Bouissou will keep his seat in the Assembly. The Tahoeraa has scheduled a meeting of its central committee on the eve of the special sitting to discuss the motion."