Independence party wins French Polynesia elections

Moetai Brotherson and Oscar Temaru (R)

Moetai Brotherson is the new President of French Polynesia, after the stunning electoral victory of the independence party Tavini Huira’atira no Te Ao Mao’hi in elections for the Assembly of French Polynesia.

Voters gave Tavini Huira’atira an overwhelming mandate on 30 April, as long-time independence leader Oscar Manutahi Temaru led his party to victory with 44.32% of the vote.

It was a significant defeat for outgoing President Edouard Fritch of the Tapura Huira’atira party, which had governed French Polynesia since 2014. Tapura gained 38.53% of the vote, while . . .

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