28 Aug 2006

Dispute over new head of New Caledonia's customary senate

5:40 am on 28 August 2006

A disagreement has broken out over the appointment a new head of New Caledonia's so-called "customary Senate".

The outgoing head Gabriel Paita is contesting the election of his successor because of what he claims is a procedural error.

Jean-Guy Boueri was elected last week, despite Mr Paita boycotting the meeting.

Mr Boueri says his appointment does not need to be a unanimous decision, but one reached by consensus.