15 Apr 2011

Tahiti assembly gives conditional approval for electoral reform

9:24 am on 15 April 2011

French Polynesia's assembly has given conditional approval of the latest French proposal to change the territory's electoral system ahead of the 2013 elections.

Its members voted unanimously for a series of amendments, which include an increase of the government to 12 ministers instead of the proposed seven.

They also want Paris to consider allowing the election of the president by all voters and no longer by the assembly.

The French government is expected to enact the new system by the end of the year.

The change is the fourth proposed by Paris since 2004 as France has been trying to end the political instability.

The last change was adopted by Paris despite 44 out of French Polynesia's assembly's 57 members voting against it.

After the subsequent early general election in 2008, the first government lasted only a few weeks