22 Dec 2010

French Polynesia supplementary budget passed

9:55 am on 22 December 2010

French Polynesia's assembly has passed its 2010 supplementary budget after a previous vote was unsuccessful.

The government had the backing of 35 of the 57 members, with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira dropping its reservations and now approving the measure.

The supplementary budget was in part needed to maintain subsidies for food and fuel.

Earlier this month, the government was ten votes short when it tried to have it adopted.

One party leader, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, said after the vote late last night that the 2011 budget will be a different matter, suggesting more strain for the government to win the support needed.