FRENCH POLYNESIA GOVERNMENT WILL SOON HAVE ITS OWN PLANE

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PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Tahiti Press) – French Polynesia will soon enjoy the comfort of a new aircraft.

The Assembly of Polynesia recently passed a bill allowing the government to buy a new ATR-42 turboprop.

The plane is scheduled to arrive in Tahiti in May 2003.

Government officials said the plane would be used for administration needs in remote islands and search and rescue operations.

The move will allow the government to spend as much as US$ 17 million for the plane built by a French-based company.

The plane will also be used to take administration officials on tours of the archipelagoes.

However, opposition leaders at the Assembly of Polynesia, from the pro-independence Tavini Huira Atira and the pro-autonomy Fetia Api, parties criticized the project saying that buying a plane should not have been a governmental priority.

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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