OUSTED TAHITI LEADER FILES LEGAL CHALLENGE

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Oct. 20) – French Polynesia’s ousted president, Oscar Temaru, has asked the Papeete Administrative Court to cancel an Oct. 8 censure motion.

Temaru is basing his legal approach on three points, a communiqué from the presidency stated.

The first is based on the alleged "inadmissibility of the censure motion", Temaru claiming it had been signed by six members of the 57-seat French Polynesia Assembly instead of the 12 required members.

The second point charges that the Oct. 7 arrest of a man inside the parliamentary hemicycle in possession of a knife was a maneuver aimed at distorting the sincerity of the no confidence vote.

Finally, Temaru’s court document deals with French High Commissioner Michel Mathieu’s intervention on Oct. 8, when he reminded Assembly President Antony Géros that the no confidence vote had to be held before midnight.

The 29-0 vote on Oct. 8 led by former French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse approved the censure motion against Temaru’s four-month-old government.

October 21, 2004

Tahitipresse: www.tahitipresse.pf

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