22 Dec 2009

Lack of quorum forces French Polynesia budget debate adjournment

4:05 pm on 22 December 2009

The president of French Polynesia's assembly has been forced to adjourn an extraordinary budget session because of a lack of a quorum.

The budget for 2010 has to be finalised by the end of the month but its discussion has again been deferred.

The opposition stayed away today which meant that the ruling majority wasn't in a position to have a sitting as two thirds of the members need to be present.

The new president, Gaston Tong Sang, has told Tahitipresse that when in opposition his side always was present as not to impede the assembly's work.

The change of government came amid disagreements over the budget, with the new government vowing not to raise taxes.