6 Jan 2006

French Polynesia town council seeks state intervention over mayor

11:30 am on 6 January 2006

A number of members of the Tumaraa town council on Raiatea in French Polynesia have asked the state to intervene to resolve a row with the mayor.

The Tahitipresse news agency reports 12 of the 23 councillors say Cyril Tetuanui refuses to endorse decisions made by their majority.

Mr Tetanui was elected mayor as a representative of the main opposition party, the Tahoeraa Huiraatira.

One official, Joselito Tahiti, said if Mr Tetanui held up the budget next month then the state should intervene.

Mr Tetanui, writing in the Depeche de Tahiti newspaper, said he was considering convening a council meeting next week to provoke a mass resignation of members.