TAHITI LAWMAKER COULD LOSE SEAT OVER CONFLICT

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French court mulls charges against Yip
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 17,
2010) – The ruling coalition in French Polynesia is set to lose another
member.

Tahitipresse reports that a recommendation to the French Supreme Court suggests Michel Yip lose his seat over a conflict of interest.

He had taken part in a vote on black pearl taxation while being the owner of several black pearl farms, which led the Supreme Court to annul the measure.

The Court will rule in about a month whether he will have to resign.

Two years ago, Mr Yip defected to the To Tatou Aia coalition, giving it a one-member majority that allowed it to vote out the Flosse-led government just one month into its five-year term.

If he loses his seat, he will be replaced by the next person on the list which is Therese Teroro Tane of the opposition Union For Democracy.

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