27 Oct 2004

French Polynesian government named but presidency still disputed

10:38 am on 27 October 2004

French Polynesia's newly elected president, Gaston Flosse, has named a seventeen-member cabinet.

He returned 11 ministers to the line-up, four months after they had lost power.

Mr Flosse also appointed a former member of the rival Tavini Huiraatira group, Luc Faatai.

Radio New Zealand International's news editor, Walter Zweifel reports from Papeete

"French Polynesia now has a new government in addition to the caretaker administration of Oscar Temaru, which has not been replaced in accordance with the autonomy statute. Mr Flosse's team includes three women, and returns as vice-president his son-in law, Edouard Fritch. Mr Flosse has instructed his ministers to start work immediately but not to use force to take over the administration's premises. He says quick action is needed because the economy is paralysed. Meanwhile, the presidency continues to be occupied by the Temaru team, with one minister saying he expects police intervention soon."