French Polynesia Ombudsman’s Office Set To Open

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French Polynesia Ombudsman’s Office Set To Open Opposition loses appeal challenging legality of appointment

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 22, 2014) – The French Polynesian government led by Gaston Flosse has succeeded in appointing the leader of Porinetia Ora Party, Teiva Manutahi, as the territory's first ombudsman.

Mr Manutahi was first chosen in July but the opposition challenged the legality of the process.

The appeal has been rejected and he is now set to open an Ombudsman's office assisted by five staff.

In the lead-up to last year's election, Mr Manutahi campaigned against Mr Flosse's party and after the loss in the election's first round, he accused it of cheating and sought to have the elections annulled.

Within days, however, he changed his mind and concluded the election campaign at Mr Flosse's side.

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