23 Nov 2010

Tahiti party critical of high commission's law challenge

10:32 am on 23 November 2010

French Polynesia's Ia Mana Te Nunaa Party has criticised the French high commissioner in Papeete for challenging a law adopted by the territorial assembly in the French Supreme Court.

The law would limit a foreign stake in a company the telecommunications sector to 35 percent and scuttles the bid by Digicel to enter the Tahiti mobile phone market.

The Ia Mana Te Nunaa Party says the high commissioner has sided with the minority government in Papeete by repeating its claim that it didn't want this law.

It also alleges that he is feeble argument to suggest that the vote in the assembly was flawed.

A local man planning to invest in Digicel says the law has led to 25 people losing their jobs that they had since the beginning of the year in preparing Digicel's launch.