5 Mar 2010

Tahiti opposition chided for nuke debate boycott

3:10 pm on 5 March 2010

Members of French Polynesia's ruling coalition have reacted with dismay at the opposition's boycott of today's planned extraordinary assembly sitting to discuss a French nuclear compensation law.

The sitting has been rescheduled because there was no quorum, with the opposition saying it's not its job to make sure the ruling coalition can muster a majority.

The Tahoeraa Huiraatira's Edouard Fritch says the boycott is an insult to the test victims as the pro-independence camp always used to have the nuclear weapons test issue as its hobby horse.

The president, Gaston Tong Sang, has told RFO radio that he regrets the attitude.

"They have made this issue their political business and for once they don't want to support the victims of the nuclear tests. I don't think this is the case though. So, we'll be there on Saturday and I hope they will be there to defend their position."

Gaston Tong Sang, the president of French Polynesia