LUCETTE TAERO RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF FRENCH POLYNESIA ASSEMBLY

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (April 14, 2002 - Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online)---Lucette Taero has been re-elected for a second term as President of the French Polynesia Assembly, defeating two other women.

Last year, Taero became the first woman elected to head the assembly, which includes 23 women.

When the political parties introduced their candidates for assembly president this year three women were on the list: Tea Hirschon, for the Tavini Huiraatira party; Tilda Fuller for Fetia Api; and Taero for the majority Tahoeraa Huiraatira.

Taero was elected with 29 votes, followed by Hirschon, who obtained nine votes; and Fuller with seven votes. Three blank votes were recorded.

From 1996 to 2001, Taero was Minister of Employment, in charge of women's matters.

In her first speech after re-election, Taero noted the introduction of changes in the debate rules last year as among her achievements, saying this improved the effectiveness of the assembly.

French Polynesia's President Gaston Flosse also addressed the assembly session and told the representatives:

"Our country is doing well."

He said that the increase in consumer prices in January and February, after one year of stability, had stopped -- with no inflation -- in March.

Flosse said the situation has improved in all areas since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

In tourism, President Flosse said several major hotel projects are under way, valued at US$ 160 million.

"The two Renaissance cruise ships will sail again in October under the P&O-Princess Cruises flag, he said, and the "Windsong " will return in May for 18 months."

Fishing is doing well, as well as pearl farming, he said.

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