27 Mar 2007

Calls for calm amid French Polynesian political infighting

1:52 pm on 27 March 2007

The leader of French Polynesia's Rautahi party, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, has appealed for calm within the ruling coalition, saying its factions are in a spiral bound for an abyss in the ocean.

This follows last week's outburst by the leader of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party, Gaston Flosse, against fellow party members amid warning and threats that could undermine attempts to pass a supplementary budget.

Mr Bouissou has called for a stop to the fingerpointing and public attacks, saying the public and the political class are exasperated.

Next month, the assembly is due to elect a new assembly president, with Mr Flosse seeking to have his son-in-law, Edouard Fritch, chosen for the post.