12 Jun 2012

Tahiti's Tahoeraa gets UMP support for run-off poll

12:51 pm on 12 June 2012

The leader of French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, Gaston Flosse, says he has received several phone calls from France's UMP to confirm its support for the Tahoeraa in this weekend's run-off election.

Mr Flosse made the comment on local television amid campaigning for the territory's three seats in the French National Assembly.

In the first round, voters in Tahiti backed the anti-independence Tahoeraa whose three candidates will face the pro-independence politicians of the Union For Democracy which is linked to the French Socialists.

Mr Flosse says it's incomprehensible that Gaston Tong Sang as the unsuccessful official UMP-backed candidate won't lend his support to the Tahoeraa politicians in the run-off vote.

In 2008, the UMP severed its ties with the Tahoeraa because it had sided with the pro-independence Union For Democracy, forcing Mr Tong Sang into opposition despite his party emerging as the largest in the territorial election.