French Polynesia Ruling Party Announced French Senate Candidates

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Tahoeraa Huiraatira choices expected to easily win election

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 21, 2014) – French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira has chosen its two candidates to contest next month's election of the territory's two seats in the French Senate.

The two are Teura Iriti and Vincent Dubois.

The seats have been held by the Tahoeraa leader, Gaston Flosse, and Richard Tuheiava of the pro-independence Union For Democracy.

Flosse, who last month was stripped of his political offices in a supreme court ruling for corruption, was the only Senate member not to attend a single sitting in the past year.

However, he remains in office on full pay because he won't resign and because the French government has refused to deliver the court verdict to Flosse to make it official.

The two Tahoeraa candidates are widely tipped to be successful because the party dominates the electoral college tasked with choosing the Senators.

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