19 Oct 2010

Penchard ends French Polynesia visit

2:45 pm on 19 October 2010

The French overseas territories minister, Marie-Luce Penchard, has wrapped up her visit to French Polynesia, saying it may stir quite some debate.

Facing criticism for her plans for another electoral reform, Mrs Penchard said that Paris would not revisit the principle of trying to find a majority in the assembly.

She says in French Polynesia, democracy no longer works and it is at risk because nobody is responsible any more.

Mrs Penchard told a news conference that there is no debate of any ideas any more, saying there is a disconnect between a society that has evolved and no longer understands the political class.

She says she hopes the reforms will be discussed by the French government before the end of the year and debated in the legislature early next year.

The plan envisages a smaller assembly, two different voting systems for the territory split in two and a higher hurdle to pass a no confidence motion.