3 Aug 2018

French Polynesia opposition politician defects to ruling party

6:50 pm on 3 August 2018
The French Polynesia parliament building

The French Polynesia parliament building Photo: RNZ

An opposition assembly member has defected to French Polynesia's ruling Tapura Huiraatira Party.

Bernard Natua told the public broadcaster, La Premiere, he is leaving the Tahoeraa Huiraatira to better serve his constituency.

Mr Natua, who represents the western Tuamotus, was one of 11 members of the once-dominant Tahoeraa to be elected to the 57-strong assembly last May.

His defection brings to 39 the number of Tapura members.