20 Sep 2007

Ousted French Polynesia President to set up his own party

9:52 am on 20 September 2007

French Polynesia's ousted President, Gaston Tong Sang, who was deposed in a motion of no confidence last week, has announced he will form his own party.

Mr Tong Sang told local State television RFO he intended to continue the fight, because he felt he had the support of several small pro-French parties.

He is also counting on the support of a faction of members of former President Gaston Flosse's pro-French Tahoeraa Huiraatira party.

Mr Tong Sang said some of the patry's members are disappointed by the recent party decision to support the motion of confidence that deposed him.

Meanwhile, the new French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has presented a 16-member government after he was re-elected last week.

It's the third time Mr Temaru has been elected president although a challenge to his latest election is pending in the French supreme court.