TAHITI MULLS FRENCH DEMAND FOR POLITICAL REFORM

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Restrictions on motions of no confidence

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Sept. 14, 2010) - French Polynesia President Gaston Tong Sang made comments about his recent stay in Paris and the electoral reform France prepares during a press conference held Tuesday in Papeete.

Tong Sang returned Sunday night in Tahiti after one week spent in France.

During his stay in Paris, Tong Sang had two meetings with French Overseas minister Marie-Luce Penchard to discuss an electoral reform for French Polynesia.

The French government wants the electoral reform to bring more political stability in Tahiti.

There has been at least nine changes of government in French Polynesia since the May 2004 Territorial elections.

The last Territorial elections were held in early 2008 and the next one is theoretically scheduled for February 2013.

The bill will reportedly make it harder to file and vote no-confidence motions.

Penchard is expected to come back to Tahiti at the end of September or at the beginning of October.

This will be the last opportunity to discuss the bill before it is introduced in the French Parliament.

Tong Sang also made comments about rumors of a possible no-confidence motion against his government.

"Everything is under control", Tong Sang told reporters. He claimed he did not fear the next Assembly session.

The French Polynesian President also acknowledged the fact that the French government wants Tahiti to sell valuable assets, such as the Rocklands Hostel, in New Zealand.

But things are not that simple, Tong Sang explained. He said he needs more time to find ways to cut public spending in French Polynesia.

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