10 Jun 2004

Latest Flosse challenge rejected by French Polynesian tribunal

1:41 pm on 10 June 2004

A tribunal in French Polynesia has rejected an appeal by the territory's president, Gaston Flosse, to defer tomorrow's planned election of a new president.

The ruling follows the failed appeal to the French state to nullify last week's election of the assembly president in a bid to stop the presidential election from going ahead.

President Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party lost its majority in the new assembly when it sat for the first time last week.

It is not clear whether Mr Flosse's party members will be in the house when a new president is due to be chosen.

The only candidate is Oscar Temaru of the successful opposition coalition.

Meanwhile, the assembly has chosen two vice-presidents for the house.

They are Hirohiti Tefaarere and Chantal Tahiata.

The house has also elected a third vice-president, Lana Tetuanui who is a member of Mr Flosse's Tahoeraa.