7 Mar 2011

French Polynesian president in bid to restore political stability

11:04 am on 7 March 2011

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has called for a meeting with his political rivals this week in a bid to restore political stability.

This comes amid a dispute over the budget and last week's sacking of half of his government.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"Gaston Tong Sang says he wants to form a stability pact to run the territory until the elections due in two years."

The call comes less than a week after he officially published his own 2011 budget while refusing to acknowledge the budget passed by 43 of the assembly's 57 members last month.

Although he has the backing of only nine of the assembly members, Mr Tong Sang is not at risk of being dislodged by the opposition.

While united in efforts to thwart him, the opposition cannot agree on who should replace him and any no confidence motion must say who would be his successor.