22 Aug 2011

Land law debate called off in French Polynesia

1:37 pm on 22 August 2011

The French Polynesian government has cancelled tomorrow's extraordinary assembly session on its proposed land law.

This comes amid widespread criticism by indigenous groups and a threat by one assembly member to consider quitting the camp of the ruling majority.

The cancellation was announced by the assembly president, Jacqui Drollet, who says there will be more consultations on the government's plan on how to deal with public land.

Indigenous groups collected more than 20,000 signatures in a campaign against what they regarded as an expropriation attempt.

They had also called for a demonstration outside the assembly.