15 Apr 2011

French Polynesia due to elect assembly president today

7:09 am on 15 April 2011

French Polynesia's assembly is today due to elect a new assembly president to replace Oscar Temaru as he became the new president this month.

The only candidate registered on the eve of today's vote was the veteran pro-independence politician, Jacqui Drollet.

A possible second candidate being touted is a former president, Gaston Flosse, who refused to rule out that he would put his name forward once the sitting is about to start.

Mr Temaru's camp is confident it has the numbers to elect Mr Drollet.

The ousted president, Gaston Tong Sang, has said it would be better for the running of the territory if the president and the assembly president were from the same political grouping.