5 Feb 2009

More talks in French Polynesia amid political deadlock

1:26 pm on 5 February 2009

French Polynesia's political leaders have held more talks today in a bid to form a new majority after President Gaston Tong Sang's coalition lost control over the assembly.

The opposition's Gaston Flosse and Oscar Temaru were again joined by Jean-Christophe Bouissou who recently quit Mr Tong Sang's camp.

An apparent power sharing deal was put in jeopardy after Mr Temaru announced his candidacy for president, should the three manage to lodge a no confidence motion.

Mr Flosse insists that last year's arrangement between his party and Mr Temaru's side precludes such a candidacy.

Mr Flosse has now also put his name forward.

For a no confidence motion to be valid it must contain the name of the next proposed president.

The three are to meet again this afternoon.

Mr Tong Sang has also been seeking to strike a deal with his rivals in a bid to retain power.

Yesterday, a key member of Mr Tong Sang's coalition, Philip Schyle, called for fresh election to end the political impasse.