14 Feb 2005

Temaru wins French Polynesia by-election but fails to get an outright majority

9:33 pm on 14 February 2005

French Polynesia's Union for Democracy has won the Tahiti/Moorea by election, but the party failed to win an outright majority in the 57 member assembly.

Walter Zweifel reports from Papeete.

"The Oscar Temaru led coalition has secured the 13 bonus seats reserved for the winner, and it beat Gaston Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party by, provisionally, 10 to 12 seats. But adding today's outcome to the seats held over from last year, the Assembly is headed for a deadlock. This is because the Alliance for a New Democracy now has three seats, when both big parties need two for a majority. Mr Flosse has suffered a second major defeat in one year and again left no clear winner."