9 Oct 2008

French Polynesia's Flosse open to broad government to end instability

5:54 pm on 9 October 2008

French Polyensia's opposition leader, Gaston Flosse, says he is prepared to take part in a government of union as the territory continues to be affected by political instability.

He made the comment after holding talks in Papeete with the visiting junior French minister in charge of overseas territories, Yves Jego.

Last year, Mr Flosse overcame longstanding differences with the pro-independence leader, Oscar Temaru, and after this year's early general election the two emerged with a majority in the assembly.

But defections two months later gave the majority to the To Tatou Aia coalition led by Gaston Tong Sang.

Mr Jego says the five to ten politicians in French Polynesia who count should get together to end the chronic instability as it leads to a catastrophic economic situation.

There have been seven governments since 2004 and France changed the electoral system three times in a bid to restore stability.