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PAPEETE, French Polynesia (November 10, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---French Polynesia's President, Gaston Flosse, intends to increase the number of representatives’ seats within the Territorial Assembly, the French Polynesian government announced in a media release Wednesday.

The Assembly currently has 41 seats. They include 22 for Tahiti and Moorea, 3 for the Marquesas Islands, 3 for the Australes, 5 for Tuamotu-Gambier and 8 for the Leeward Islands group.

Flosse told members of his Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party Central Committee that he recommends the addition of 4 seats for the Tahiti and Moorea constituency. That would bring the total number of Assembly seats to 45.

Pro-independence Tavini Party Assembly member Emile Vernaudon said, however, that his group supports another option, that of reducing the number of seats for the remote islands of French Polynesia with an increase the number of seats for the Tahiti-Moorea constituency.

The proposals are to be examined by the French Senate on November 23.

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