4 May 2010

French Polynesia's opposition Union For Democracy revives old name

6:48 pm on 4 May 2010

French Polynesia's mainly pro-independence Union For Democracy has formalised its split from the Tahoeraa Huiraatira in the assembly by reassuming its old name.

The group had maintained a broader grouping when the two main leaders, Oscar Temaru and Gaston Flosse, joined forces in 2008.

In a statement, the Union For Democracy is pointing at the weakness of the government after 33 members of the assembly's 57 backed the opposition in passing a local shipping law.