8 Mar 2011

Temaru asks French high commissioner to assume Tahiti presidency

3:28 pm on 8 March 2011

The president of the French Polynesian assembly has asked the French high commissioner, Richard Didier, to assume the function of the president, Gaston Tong Sang, to end the budget dispute.

Tahitipresse says Oscar Temaru read out a letter to Mr Didier with the request to assume the executive function.

Mr Temaru says such an intervention is necessary to suspend the illegal publication of documents by Mr Tong Sang.

This comes after Mr Tong Sang has refused to publish the budget passed by the assembly last month.

Instead he has published a budget which he has drawn up.

The assembly has meanwhile overwhelmingly approved a measure to abrogate the 2011 budget published by Mr Tong Sang.

44 out of 57 members voted for the move.

Last week, the French high commissioner sought a court ruling to determine which budget is valid.

Mr Tong Sang has also sought a court ruling and says if he loses he will implement the budget passed by the assembly.