21 May 2007

Small French Polynesian Party proposes customary senate

3:56 pm on 21 May 2007

In the lead-up to the French parliamentary elections, a small party in Tahiti has called for the creation of a customary senate.

The news agency Tahitipresse says Porinetia Ora Party is fielding young candidates who call on voters to sanction the political class whose members keep insulting each other in the assembly.

One of the party candidates, Teiva Manutahi, says the political changes of recent years have seen a rush by many people to claim land which has led to more expulsions.

He also says efforts should be made to curb prostitution and sex tourism.

The party, which was formed in 2004 by a former sports minister, Reynald Temarii, has failed to win any seat in the local election.

A total of 22 candidates have been registered to contest the territory's two seats in the assembly in Paris.