29 Jun 2011

French Polynesia reforms decided but not made public yet

3:01 pm on 29 June 2011

The French Polynesian government has approved a reform plan prompted by the territory's poor financial situation.

Details of the impending cuts have not been released but a statement says the plan has been sent to the assembly to comply with the terms of a deal struck with the French state.

Substantial cuts are expected across a range of public service institutions, with President Oscar Temaru saying last week that media outlets would face closure.

The assembly was to debate the reforms this week but it has deferred its scheduled sitting to July the 7th without giving any reason.

Mr Temaru has warned that the situation is serious and suggested cutting salaries in half to accommodate the economic decline.