5 Jan 2009

French court dismisses French Polynesian electoral complaint

12:42 pm on 5 January 2009

The French supreme court has dismissed an opposition complaint in French Polynesia over last April's defection of two politicians which brought down the one-month old government led by Gaston Flosse.

The opposition had alleged that corrupt means were used to get the two politicians, Michel Yip and Justine Teura, to quit the party for which they were elected to the assembly in February.

The court has however rejected the complaint.

The opposition acted after a Tahiti-based citizen Yves Conroy discovered that the officially recorded declarations of assets and activities of Mrs Teura and Mr Yip didn't match what he happened to know about them.