FRENCH POLYNESIA ASSEMBLY PASSES BUDGET

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Includes controversial imported goods tax

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Dec. 9, 2011) – The French Polynesia Assembly has finally voted Friday morning a new budget.

A majority of 29 Assembly members - out of the 57 Assembly members - voted for this budget.

The vote reportedly took place at around 1:30 am Friday.

The opposition voted against the budget claiming it will not help French Polynesia in a time of crisis.

Opposition leaders criticized a new tax on European goods imported in French Polynesia.

This will only make the cost of life higher for all Polynesians, they added.

Some opposition leaders also said more investments should be done.

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