2 Apr 2007

Voters in Wallis and Futuna go to polls

6:06 am on 2 April 2007

Voters in the French territory of Wallis and Futuna have gone to the polls to elect a new 20-member assembly for a five-year term.

Results are yet to be declared after yesterday's election which is widely expected to reconfirm politicians linked to France's centre-right ruling UMP Party.

At stake are 13 seats on Wallis and seven on Futuna in an assembly traditionally chosen along clan lines.

The territory has three kingdoms, including one on Wallis whose king, 89-year-old Tomasi Kulimoetoke, has ruled for 48 years.

Attempts to unseat him two years ago failed when his armed supporters quelled the campaign and forced the French administration to reconfirm his status.