3 Mar 2005

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa ponders succession after Flosse defeat

5:08 pm on 3 March 2005

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party is considering a possible succession to Gaston Flosse, whose government was ousted last month.

A presidential election is to be held in territorial assembly tomorrow, with the Tahoeraa fielding Gaston Tong Sang as candidate.

He will be standing against Oscar Temaru of the Union For Democracy who is widely expected to be chosen for the top job for the second time in nine months.

The Tahoeraa secretary-general, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, says after the defeat at the polls the party is considering to have a new leader.

"Probably Mr Gaston Flosse has to help in this way, so it's going to take some weeks or some months to really think about it and be able to have a new leader probably and people willing to help in this way."

Jean-Christophe Bouissou, the Tahoeraa secretary-general