20 Jan 2010

Sarkozy wants new electoral system for French Polynesia

10:23 am on 20 January 2010

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, says he will push for a change of French Polynesia's electoral system this year in a bid to increase political stability.

Mr Sarkozy indicated his engagement in the matter when he addressed a crowd in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.

He says at a time when everybody should devote their energy to face the economic crisis, the chronic political instability is intolerable for the Polynesians who are suffering.

Mr Sarkozy says Polynesia deserves better than a vast comedy where yesterday's foes become today's allies.

Paris last changed French Polynesia's electoral system under urgency in 2007 to hold early general elections in 2008.

Since then there have been four presidents, with the first of them, Gaston Flosse, being toppled in a no confidence vote a month into his five-year term.

There is now a threat of a fresh no confidence motion to be lodged before the end of the month.

The next general election is scheduled in 2013.