28 Feb 2007

French Polynesian assembly sitting ends in disarray

8:11 pm on 28 February 2007

There is uncertainty in French Polynesia if the assembly will be convened later this week after an acrimonious end to today's sitting.

The assembly's vice-president, Tamara Bopp du Pont, who is an opposition politician, closed the sitting after members of the ruling coalition called for a two-day adjournment.

The coalition had been considering a change to the make-up of the factions within the assembly but wanted more time because of apparent disagreements within its ranks.

After the formal closure, the coalition members stayed on and voted to re-open the assembly the day after tomorrow.

One of them called on the president, Gaston Tong Sang, to write to the assembly president and ask him to reconvene the assembly under urgency.