20 Apr 2009

Temaru includes all parties in new French Polynesian government

5:08 am on 20 April 2009

The French Polynesian President, Oscar Temaru, has unveiled a new government, the fourth since last year's early general election.

For the first time, it includes politicians of all parties represented in the assembly.

The move deepens the isolation of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira leader, Gaston Flosse, whose two-year-old alliance with Mr Temaru ended this month.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"Two months after ousting the Gaston Tong Sang-led government for allegedly being ineffective, Mr Temaru has given the To Tatou Aia coalition a third of the government ministries. And although the Tahoeraa is now officially in opposition, two of its members have chosen to stay in the executive. One of them, Teva Rohfritch, has told reporters he is still with the Tahoeraa. The French government, which condemned Mr Flosse two years ago for working with Mr Temaru is yet to respond to Mr Tong Sang's decision to ally himself with a pro-independence leader."