14 May 2008

French Polynesian assembly meets a week late

1:11 pm on 14 May 2008

The French Polynesian government assembly members have begun a sitting amid pressure to pass a development proposal ahead of President Gaston Tong Sang's planned visit to France next week.

The meeting began with a week's delay and amid a continued opposition boycott of the proceedings.

Last week, the opposition action prompted the government assembly members to consider electing a new assembly president to replace Oscar Temaru - a move whose legality was immediately questioned by the French high commission.

The high commission also urged Mr Temaru to bring forward the next sitting, warning that otherwise a court case could ensue.

Mr Temaru has now heeded the call and opened a sitting.

The government assembly members now need to push their proposal through the committees before the assembly can vote on it.