04 April 2011

M Oscar Temaru new president of French Polynesia

Special to Overseas Territories Review

The Assembly of French Polynesia (Tahiti Nui) deposed on the 1st of April the government of M Gaston Tong Sang, leader of the autonomous political party TTA (To tatou aia : Our Nation), political party close to president of France Nicolas Sarkozy.

A vote of no confidence handed in by union of political parties UPLD (Union for Democracy) and TMM (Te Mana o te mau Motu: The power of the islands) has been voted by 29 out of 57 representatives of the Assembly.

The pro-independence leader M Oscar Temaru is now president of the government of Tahiti Nui (French Polynesia).

During the debate at the Assembly, M Gaston Tong Sang who reported on his activity as president, strongly criticised the move of the representatives of TMM who rallyed the pro independence parties in this vote of no confidence. After, the debate, the so-called autonomous representatives left the assembly and did not participate in the vote.

The independist leader M Oscar Temaru, in his speech in French and Tahitian, reaffirmed his ideology for sovereignty and his wish to see Tahiti Nui on the UN list of countries to be decolonised.

In a Polynesian metaphore he adresses the autonomous members: 

"We could not let our canoe O Tahiti Nui Freedom in such a desperate state. If you do not know where you are going, we do know where we are going."

The members of TMM and UPLD which now form a new majority at the assembly agreed that French Polynesia should be listed on the UN list of countries to be decolonized as is the case with New Caledonia, the other French non self-governing territory of the South Pacific.

Since 2004, this is the fifth time that M Oscar Temaru comes back to power.

According to an Oceania Flash news report, Temaru indicated that one of the objectives of his government would be to put back on the agenda the question of self-determination for French Polynesia in order to achieve a "sovereign State".

The other pillar of his action would be based on moves to restore a fledging economy, already badly affecter by over five years of chronic instability due to regular changes of governments caused by shifts in alliances and subsequent votes of no confidence motions, according to the news report.


Radio New Zealand
Huiraatira seeks support for UN decolonization

French Polynesia’s pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party is to make a fresh push to get the region’s leaders to support its bid to have the territory re-inscribed on the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

The party’s Richard Tuheiava, who is also a member of the French Senate, (recently went) to Fiji...to lobby the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The MSG includes New Caledonia’s pro-independence FLNKS Movement which has had regional support to be put on the UN list.

Mr Tuheiava has told Tahitipresse that he and his party’s leader, Oscar Temaru, will make their case in the next few weeks throughout the region and also attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland in September.
He says if a resolution is adopted it could be taken to the UN in December.

Mr Temaru’s 30-year decolonisation campaign has been ignored by both France and Pacific Islands Forum countries, including New Zealand, which still has Tokelau on the UN list.

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