13 Dec 2004

French Polynesian Vice-President welcomes confirmation of Flosse Presidency

12:36 pm on 13 December 2004

The French Polynesian vice-president, Edouard Fritch, has welcomed the latest set of rulings by the French Supreme Court, which upheld the outcome of the October the 22nd election of Gaston Flosse as president.

The court said the election outcome was legal although the gathering to choose Mr Flosse had been declared invalid by the speaker and was acknowledged to have been marked by irregularities.

Mr Fritch points out that his Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has now won 12 cases in the supreme court upholding its actions.

Meanwhile, campaigning is intensifying for the by-election to fill 37 of the assembly's 57 seats in February.

The No Oe e te Nunaa Party and the Fetia Api party have agreed to run on a joint list, claiming to offer a pro-autonomy third way for voters disenchanted with the two main blocs.

The two parties joined Oscar Temaru's coalition in June to give him a majority of one in the assembly and subsequently the presidency.