24 Dec 2010

French Polynesia front to oppose tax hikes

11:59 am on 24 December 2010

A broad political front has been formed in French Polynesia vowing to oppose any tax increase.

The opposition Union For Democracy has held a joint news conference with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party as the territory is awaiting a draft of the 2011 budget.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"A Union For Democracy politician says there will only be one amendment and that will say that there will be no new taxes. The line is being backed by the Tahoeraa leader, Gaston Flosse, whose party is split as his deputy in the party, Edouard Fritch, is still in government as the vice-president. Mr Flosse claims that 40 out of the assembly's 57 members are opposed to any levy increase, including the Tahoeraa politicians in government. French Polynesia is in an unprecedented financial crisis, with the President Gaston Tong Sang offering to resign once the budget is passed while also stating that he cannot quit now ."