11 Sep 2007

No quorum for scheduled meeting to elect new French Polynesia President

10:16 am on 11 September 2007

The French Polynesian assembly will now meet in three days time to elect a new president following last month's ouster of Gaston Tong Sang.

Only thirty out of fifty seven assembly members attended a session planned for this morning after the opposition carried out its threat to boycott the meeting.

Three candidates are standing for the position - they are Mr Tong Sang, Edouard Fritch of the same party and the opposition's Oscar Temaru.

Observers says it is uncertain whether any of the three candidates can muster enough support to secure a 29-strong majority in the assembly.