18 Apr 2008

Talks in French Polynesia to form grand coalition

11:51 am on 18 April 2008

French Polynesia's new president, Gaston Tong Sang, is in talks with politicians of the pro-independence Union For Democracy to form a new government.

This comes after his re-election this week following a successful vote of no confidence to oust the government led by Gaston Flosse.

French Polynesian radio reports that negotiations centre on a power-sharing arrangement which could see the return of some of Mr Flosse's ministers.

The reports say the ousted coalition wants seven of the 15 ministries to be filled.

They also say that there is a demand for Oscar Temaru to be retained as the assembly president.

The talks come after Mr Tong Sang and his French backers had described Mr Flosse's deal with the Union For Democracy as an alliance against nature.