2 May 2013

Geros promises huge Tahiti development

1:53 pm on 2 May 2013

French Polynesia's vice president, Antony Geros, says should his party keep power after the weekend election, it will launch a huge investment programme.

Speaking during an election debate in Tahitian, Mr Geros said the Union For Democracy would spend more than 40 million US dollars on a range of projects to create employment.

He has also defended President Oscar Temaru's decolonisation bid at the United Nations, saying they are convinced that without all tools at their disposal, the country won't be able to develop.

The party says once the territory is on the UN list, France will be subject to international scrutiny and obliged to assist.

In last month's first round of the election of a new assembly, the pro-autonomy parties dominated, with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira of Gaston Flosse now favoured to win an outright majority.

Both it and the A Tia Porinetia have campaigned for a boost in employment after years of economic decline