29 Aug 2008

Aia Api leader in continued talks with French Polynesian president despite rebuff

1:48 pm on 29 August 2008

The leader of French Polynesia's Aia Api Party, Emile Vernaudon, says his dialogue with the president, Gaston Tong Sang, is continuing after failing to pressure the president to sack two ministers.

Mr Vernaudon wanted the two to be dismissed because he alleged that they no longer represented his Aia Api Party's values in the ruling coalition.

But Mr Vernaudon now says not to reshuffle the government is part of the political stability.

During the budget debate, he briefly withdrew his wife's support from the coalition which depends on her to have a majority.

He is expected to announce this weekend whether he will contest the French senate election on September the 21st.

Among those intending to register as candidates are Mr Tong Sang and the currently lone French Polynesian senate member, Gaston Flosse.