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No candidate yet for Tahiti's French Senate seats
3:55 pm GMT+12, 15/08/2014, French Polynesia

French Polynesia's pro-independence opposition Union For Democracy says it will not yet nominate a candidate for next month's French Senate race.
 
It has told the local daily newspaper that it won't make a nomination as long Gaston Flosse is president.
 
Flosse has been told by France's highest court to vacate his political offices as part of a sentence for corruption, but the French government has decided to allow him to stay while he is seeking a presidential pardon.
 
The territory has two seats in the Senate, which have been held by the Union For Democracy's Richard Tuheiava and the Tahoeraa Huiraatira's Flosse.
 
They won't seek re-election.
 
Last week, the La Depeche de Tahiti reported that in the past year Flosse was the only Senate member not have done a single day's work.
 
Meanwhile, French Polynesian president has lodged defamation complaints against two French journalists of the Le Monde newspaper and the opposition's Oscar Temaru.
 
In a statement, the presidency says Gaston Flosse has taken action against Fabrice Lhomme and Gerard Davet in Paris who, it says, are to appear in a criminal court to answer accusations of slander and lies.
 
The case centers on a book the two wrote last year about Flosse and the 1997 disappearance of a Tahiti journalist, Jean Pascal Couraud.
 
In a second complaint, Flosse has taken legal action against Temaru for making allegedly defamatory comments in an interview with Radio New Zealand International about a planned casino in Tahiti.
 
Flosse's office says  Temaru's comments are of extreme seriousness.


SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS


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