6 Sep 2010

Talks in Paris over changing Tahiti's electoral system yet again

5:43 am on 6 September 2010

The French overseas territories minister will meet French Polynesian leaders in Paris today to discuss changing Tahiti's electoral system for the fourth time in six years.

This comes amid continued political instability which is seen as a key factor for the territory's economy registering no growth in the past decade.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has accepted the invitation by Marie-Luce Penchard to discuss a way out of the political stalemate. His minority government is the fourth since the early election in 2008 when he managed to topple a rival coalition after it had been in power for just over a month into its five-year term. The Paris meetings over the next days are being boycotted by the opposition led by Oscar Temaru. It says reforms should be discussed in Tahiti, pointing out that the last reform was imposed against the will of a large majority of the French Polynesian assembly. This is Walter Zweifel"