FRENCH POLYNESIA PRESIDENT FAVORS FIVE-YEAR TERM

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Tong Sang says fixed term would restore political stability

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Sept. 6, 2010) – French Polynesia President Gaston Tong Sang met French Overseas minister Marie-Luce Penchard Monday in Paris.

Tong Sang and Penchard discussed an electoral reform for French Polynesia.

The French government wants the reform to bring more stability to Tahitian politics.

Tong Sang reportedly said one good way to do it would be to make sure that the French Polynesian President is indeed elected for five years.

Paris plans to make it much harder to file a no-confidence motion against the government. At least two-thirds of Assembly members would be required to vote a no-confidence motion.

But Tong Sang also said he is against the idea of one single constituency for French Polynesia. The less populated outer islands should also have Assembly members, Tong Sang claimed.

Penchard will meet this week other representatives from Tahitian political parties in Paris.

Tong Sang also met Monday in Paris Budget minister François Baroin.

Baroin, a former French Overseas minister, said he is ready to help French Polynesia recover from the economic crisis.

"Without these funds, the French Polynesian economy could be in trouble", Tong Sang said.

Tong Sang has other important meetings this week and should meet again Penchard Friday.

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