27 Nov 2009

Bail terms ban Flosse contacts with French Polynesian politicians

3:14 pm on 27 November 2009

The formation of French Polynesia's new coalition government is being hampered by the bail conditions for the Tahoeraa Huiraatira leader, Gaston Flosse.

Mr Flosse, who was yesterday released from Tahiti's prison, is being barred from talking to his party colleagues as he is a key suspect in the OPT corruption affair.

This comes as his party is expected to be given five ministries in the government which the To Tatou Aia leader, Gaston Tong Sang, is due to from within the next days.

The Tahoeraa has suggested Mr Flosse be made vice-president or finance minister.

The appointment is being considered despite him being convicted two months ago for abusing public funds when he was president.

He has appealed the ruling in France's highest court.

According to Tahitipresse, he is also to pay one million US dollars in bail following his release which had been ordered by the president of the Tahiti court of appeal.

However, earlier this month, he said his debts exceeded his assets.