15 Aug 2014

No candidate yet for Tahiti's French Senate seats

10:22 am on 15 August 2014

French Polynesia's pro-independence opposition Union For Democracy says it will not yet nominate a candidate for next month's French Senate race.

It has told the local daily newspaper that it won't make a nomination as long Gaston Flosse is president.

Flosse has been told by France's highest court to vacate his political offices as part of a sentence for corruption, but the French government has decided to allow him to stay while he is seeking a presidential pardon.

The territory has two seats in the Senate, which have been held by the Union For Democracy's Richard Tuheiava and the Tahoeraa Huiraatira's Flosse.

They won't seek re-election.

Last week, the La Depeche de Tahiti reported that in the past year Flosse was the only Senate member not have done a single day's work.

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Photo: AFP