20 Jan 2009

French Polynesian assembly launches last round to pass 2009 budget

3:59 pm on 20 January 2009

French Polynesia's assembly has opened a second extraordinary session in a bid to pass the 2009 budget.

Today's start was delayed but the members have launched a fresh bid to agree on a document .

Last week, the month-long first extraordinary session was concluded without any accord.

The assembly has until the end of March to pass the budget or the territory's financial management will be assumed by the French high commissioner.

The balance of power has been held by Sandra Levy-Agami who quit the ruling To Tatou Aia coalition, leaving the two main blocs in the assembly with 28 votes each.