29 Aug 2007

French Polynesian politicians to meet over no confidence motion at weekend

7:33 pm on 29 August 2007

The French Polynesian assembly is now set to meet again in three days to discuss a motion of no confidence brought by the opposition Union For Democracy at the weekend.

An extraordinary sitting was held today but the President, Gaston Tong Sang, has taken the matter to the supreme court in Paris, saying today's sitting was out of order although it had been requested by more than 40 of the 57 assembly members.

The legal challenge has prompted the opposition to file the motion again.

The fate of the eight-month-old government, which has the backing of no more than a dozen members, will be decided within two days of the sitting's opening.

Smaller parties are dismayed over the move against Mr Tong Sang and have called for a peaceful march in Tahiti late next week in response to the political crisis.

In two days, the French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, is due in Papeete for further talks on the political crisis, including the possibility of fresh elections under a new electoral system.