21 Jan 2015

Tahiti commission fails to meet

2:50 pm on 21 January 2015

The permanent commission of French Polynesia's assembly has failed to meet today to consider adjusting the president's allowances.

Edouard Fritch

Edouard Fritch Photo: RNZI Walter Zweifel

The ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira objected to the commission's agenda.

Last month, another assembly commission refused to adjust his allowance, leaving him paid less than his ministers.

Mr Fritch described the decision as shabby and below the belt, saying he needed his pay because he wasn't living off corruption.

He was elected president in September, when the Tahoeraa leader Gaston Flosse was removed from office after France's highest court found him guilty of corruption.

The party, which has two thirds of all seats, has been deeply split and reports say the two men have ceased talking to each other.