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Vote next week could endorse Temaru for fourth time

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, February 4, 2009) – A no confidence motion filed Wednesday afternoon and signed by 15 French Polynesia Assembly representatives from three political groups names pro-Tahiti independence leader Oscar Temaru as candidate to replace Gaston Tong Sang as Tahiti's president.

The 57-seat assembly will vote next Wednesday on the motion, which would topple the nine-month-old Tong Sang government and create the fourth Temaru government since 2004. A new Temaru government would also be the eighth government Tahiti has had over the past nearly five years.

During an interview Wednesday night on Tahiti Nui Television's news program, Temaru said his new majority government would control 31 seats in the assembly. He said that would mean 18 seats for his Union for Democracy (UPLD) coalition, 10 seats for Gaston Flosse's pro-France, pro-Tahiti autonomy Tahoera'a Huiraatira party and three seats for Christophe Bouissou's pro-France, pro-Tahiti autonomy Rautahi party.

The 31 seats would give Temaru a three-seat majority, the biggest his or any of the eight other governments since 2004.

Under the agreement worked out Wednesday afternoon, Edouard Fritch, a top official in Flosse's party, would become assembly speaker, a post currently held by Temaru.

However, there was no announcement of who would become the new Temaru government's vice president or how the 15 cabinet ministers would be divided up among the three political groups.

Also a mystery was the role, if any, that Tahiti's veteran politician and current French senator, Flosse, would play in the new Temaru government. Flosse is also one of his party's 10 representatives in the assembly.

The no confidence motion ended more than two months of speculation, political maneuvering and political summits as well as one-on-one meetings involving Tahiti's four key political leaders today.

At one point, Temaru, Flosse and Bouissou were negotiating, while Tong Sang was meeting separately with Temaru. Flosse, who refused to negotiate with Tong Sang while meeting with Temaru and Bouissou, eventually agreed to meet with Tong Sang and meet again with Temaru.

During the television interview Wednesday night, Temaru talked about concern for establishing political stability in Tahiti, where none of the eight governments since 2004 has come even close to serving for the five years in between assembly elections. There have been two elections during the past nearly five years—the first in 2004 that led to Temaru's historic election in the assembly as Tahiti's president for the first time. The second occurred last February, leading to Tong Sang's return to power for the second time.

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