16 Mar 2011

French Polynesia's Tong Sang can't see how Temaru can form a majority

8:23 am on 16 March 2011

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, says he cannot see how the opposition's Oscar Temaru can form a majority based on his campaign to have French Polynesia re-inscribed on the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

Mr Tong Sang has told the Nouvelles de Tahiti newspaper that he wonders how such a re-inscription could lift French Polynesa out of its crisis.

This comes after apparent negotiations for a no confidence motion to oust Mr Tong Sang failed to produce the required 29-member majority.

Recent attempts by Mr Tong Sang to form a so-called stability pact until the 2013 elections have also failed.

He has said it is difficult to run the government without a majority.