Tahiti ruling party poised to expel dissidents

11:27 am on 24 April 2015

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party is due to meet today reportedly to revise its internal statutes as part of efforts to rid it of members who have been defying its leader, Gaston Flosse.

The offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party in French Polynesia

The offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party in French Polynesia Photo: RNZI / Walter Zweifel

The party's political council is to convene at the leader's home amid protracted rifts which have been open for weeks over who should be allowed to stand in next week's French Senate elections.

Reports say the party plans to create a provision under which a member is struck off after missing three meetings.

Several high profile politicians could be affected by the move, such as the vice-president, Nuihau Laurey, and the mayor of Papeete, Michel Buillard/

It could also force the party's assembly group leader, Edouard Fritch, to relinquish his post.

Mr Fritch succeeded Flosse as president last year after Flosse was given a suspended prison sentence for corruption and removed from office.

A formal split could deprive the Tahoeraa of its majority in the assembly, where it has 38 of its 57 seats.

The president of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse (right)

Edouard Fritch and Gaston Flosse during the 2013 election campaign Photo: RNZI / Walter Zweifel

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