1 Aug 2003

French Polynesian MPs to lobby against key changes to Statute of Autonomy

11:22 am on 1 August 2003

French Polynesian Opposition politicians are to go to Paris to lobby against key changes in the proposed new Statue of Autonomy.

They object to a provision allowing the Executive to make and pass laws.

The Assembly in Papeete has approved the autonomy package which will now go to the French Parliament.

An Opposition MP, Loic Brigato, says they want France to reject the proposal.

"The President will be able to vote law without going through the Assembly, by his own decision. This is a total violation of the separation of power."

The new statute will also allow for a non-elected person to become President.