25 Nov 2009

French Polynesia's assembly scheduled today to vote on a no confidence motion

11:57 am on 25 November 2009

French Polynesia's assembly is today scheduled to vote on a no confidence motion which could give the territory its fifth government since last year's early general election.

The challenge comes amid deepening economic problems and disagreements over how to finalise the budget.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The Tahoeraa Huiraatira claims it will have 29 backers of the motion even though its leader Gaston Flosse is in jail as part of a corruption probe. A successful motion would immediately make Gaston Tong Sang the new president, and that less than ten months after he resigned."

Within weeks of stepping down he joined Oscar Temaru's coalition government but has now decided to pull out again to join forces with the opposition. An apolitical umbrella organisation has called for a protest outside the assembly to express the public's frustration at the political instability, the broken promises and shifting alliances. I'm Walter Zweifel.