Politics of French Polynesia
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Politics of French Polynesia takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic French overseas collectivity, whereby the President of French Polynesia is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Assembly of French Polynesia.
Between 1946 and 2003, French Polynesia had the status of an overseas territory (French: territoire d'outre-mer, or TOM). In 2003 it became an overseas collectivity (French: collectivité d'outre-mer, or COM). Its statutory law of 27 February 2004 gives it the particular designation of "overseas country" to underline the large autonomy of the territory.
|High Commissioner||Jean-Pierre Laflaquière||Non-Partisan||3 September 2012|
|President of French Polynesia||Oscar Temaru||Tavini Huiraatira||1 April 2011|
|President of the Assembly||Jacqui Drollet||Ia Mana te Nunaa||14 April 2011|
The President of the French Republic is represented by the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia (Haut-Commissaire de la République en Polynésie française). The government is headed by the President of French Polynesia. He submits as Council of Ministers a list of members of the Territorial Assembly, the Assembly of French Polynesia (Assemblée de la Polynésie française), for approval by them to serve as ministers. It has been hinted new elected president on September 14 will be an interim president before a new round of fresh parliamentary elections expected to take place by the end of the year, followed by a new presidential election.
French Polynesia elects the Assembly of French Polynesia (Assemblée de la Polynésie française), the unicameral legislature on the territorial level. The Assembly of French Polynesia has 57 members, elected for a five-year term by proportional representation in multi-seat constituencies. Since the territorial elections of March 6, 2001, the parity bill now binds that the number of women matches the number of men at the Assembly.
Political parties and elections
|Alliances and parties||Votes||%||Seats|
|Tahoera'a Huiraatira (Popular Rally)||45.2||27|
|Union for the Democracy (Union pour la Démocratie)||49.1||28|
|Alliance for a New Democracy (Alliance pour une Démocratie Nouvelle)||2|
|Total (turnout 78.3 %)||57|
|Source: Rulers. By-elections were held 13 February 2005 in Tahiti and Moorea after the election was invalidated in these districts (37 of the total 57 seats).|
The members of the Assembly of French Polynesia are elected in 6 different electoral districts or electoral circumscriptions (French: circonscriptions électorales) which slightly differ from the administrative subdivisions (subdivisions administratives) on the Tuamotus and the Gambier Islands. The 6 electoral circumscriptions (circonscriptions électorales) are:
- electoral circumscription of the Windward Islands (circonscription des Îles du Vent) (37 members)
- electoral circumscription of the Leeward Islands (circonscription des Îles Sous-le-Vent) (8 members)
- electoral circumscription of the Austral Islands (circonscription des Îles Australes) (3 members)
- electoral circumscription of the Gambier Islands and the Islands Tuamotu-East (circonscription des Îles Gambier et Tuamotu Est) (3 members)
- electoral circumscription of the Islands Tuamotu-West (circonscription des Îles Tuamotu Ouest) (3 members)
- electoral circumscription of the Marquesas Islands (circonscription des Îles Marquises) (3 members)
On September 14, 2007, Oscar Temaru, 63, was elected president of French Polynesia for the 3rd time in 3 years (with 27 of 44 votes cast in Tahiti assembly). He replaced former President Gaston Tong Sang, who lost a no-confidence vote in the 31 August parliament.
Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel; Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif.
French Polynesia has 5 administrative subdivisions (French: subdivisions administratives):
- Windward Islands (French: Îles du Vent or officially subdivision administrative des Îles du Vent) (the two subdivisions administratives Windward Islands and Leeward Islands are part of the Society Islands)
- Leeward Islands (French: Îles Sous-le-Vent or officially subdivision administrative des Îles Sous-le-Vent) (the two subdivisions administratives Windward Islands and Leeward Islands are part of the Society Islands)
- Marquesas Islands (French: (Îles) Marquises or officially subdivision administrative des (Îles) Marquises)
- Austral Islands (French: (Îles) Australes or officially subdivision administrative des (Îles) Australes) (including the Bass Islands)
- Tuamotu-Gambier (French: (Îles) Tuamotu-Gambier or officially subdivision administrative des (Îles) Tuamotu-Gambier) (the Tuamotus and the Gambier Islands)
International organization participation
- French Polynesia
- Elections in French Polynesia
- French Polynesian legislative election, 2004
- Assembly of French Polynesia
- CIA World Factbook — French Polynesia
- Ben Cahoon (2000). "French Polynesia". WorldStatesman.org. Retrieved 2012-02-25.