7 Mar 2011

Tahiti party dismisses stability pact proposal

4:27 pm on 7 March 2011

French Polynesia's Ia Mana Te Nunaa Party has dismissed an appeal by the President Gaston Tong Sang for a stability pact to be formed at a meeting of key party leaders called for this week.

The plan is to find an arrangement for the territory until elections are held in 2013 by when Paris is due to have revamped the electoral system.

But in a statement, Ia Mana says it is obvious that absolutely nobody wants to make any concessions while clamouring for unity.

It says the situation in the territory is a total mess whose resolution has to be the election of the head of the largest party as the new President who in turn has to ask Paris to organise fresh general elections.

The party says one would be deluded to believe that the current political groupings could draw up a common and lasting programme.

The President, Gaston Tong Sang, has the backing of only nine of the assembly's 57 members and refuses to make the budget official which 43 members