FRENCH POLYNESIA READY FOR FRENCH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (April 29, 2002 – Tahitipresse)---With less than one week to go before the end of the French Presidential election, May 5th, Tahitian political parties now are getting ready for the French Parliamentary election.

French Polynesia will have to choose, June 1st and 15th, two of the 577 representatives to the French National Assembly.

Current representative Emile Vernaudon said during a meeting Sunday that he will run again.

Vernaudon (opposed to the President of the government of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse) will be supported by some pro-autonomy political parties.

When he ran and was elected in 1997, he was then an ally of Flosse.

The candidates from Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party this year are Pape‘ete Mayor and current representative in the French National Assembly, Michel Buillard, on the west coast, and former minister Beatrice Vernaudon, against Emile Vernaudon, on the east coast.

The pro-autonomy Fetia Api of Arue mayor Boris Leontieff also has two candidates: Marie-Lauré Vanizette on the west coast and Arsen Tuairau on the east coast.

The pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira has decided not to participate in the French National Assembly election. The Tavini leader, Oscar Temaru, said the election does not concern Tahiti.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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