Commentary – By Charles Richardson
Veteran anti-independence leader Gaston Flosse is back in charge in French Polynesia, but ongoing corruption charges mean that his tenure is far from assured.
The second round of French Polynesia’s territorial election last Sunday produced very much the expected result. The three parties that had met the 12.5 percent threshold in the first round shared out the vote in pretty much the same proportions they had a fortnight earlier: Tahoeraa Huiraatira on 45.1 percent, the Union for Democracy 29.3 percent and A Ti’a Porinetia 25.6 percent. (Official results here.)
In recent years, that sort of three-way split has led to chronic instability, as shifting alliances among the three parties brought first one and then another to the top. Read more »