Hundreds march against corruption in Tahiti

5:29 am on 16 April 2018

Several hundred people have joined a march against corruption in French Polynesia organised by the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party.

The march from Faa'a to the assembly building in Papeete was led by the Tavini leader Oscar Temaru.

French Polynesia leader Oscar Temaru.

Tavini leader Oscar Temaru was at the forefront of the march Photo: RNZI

It came a week before the first round of the territorial election to choose a new 57-member assembly for a five-year term.

The two biggest parties in the assembly, the ruling Tapura Huiraatira and the Tahoeraa Huiraatira, are both led by politicians with criminal convictions for corruption.

The Tapura, led by Edouard Fritch, is standing nine candidates with corruption convictions.

The Tahoeraa is led by Gaston Flosse, who is barred from public office until next year because of an accumulation of corruption convictions.

The Tavini as well as parties not represented in the assembly don't have corruption convicts in their line-up of candidates.

A Tavini politician Moetai Brotherson has filed a bill in the French National Assembly in Paris seeking lifetime bans for any politician convicted of abusing public funds.