The separatist Antony Géros, the only candidate, was elected president of the Assembly of French Polynesia on Thursday by 41 votes and 16 blank ballots.
Antony Géros (66) is vice-president of Tavini Huiraatira, the independence party which won 38 of the 57 seats in the second round of the disputed territorial elections on April 30. Mayor since 2020 of the town of Paea, he is considered close to Oscar Temaru, the founding president of Tavini and mayor of Faa’a, who at 78 had indicated that he would not run for the presidency of the Assembly, nor that of the community.
Temaru had announced that Geros would be his party’s candidate for Assembly leader and MP Moetai Brotherson for community president. This second election is scheduled for Friday.
Towards rapid independence?
Even if they display cordial relations, Antony Géros and Moetai Brotherson represent two different currents of Tavini Huiraatira. The first, like most long-time activists, wants quick independence. The second, more moderate, wants to organize a referendum “in 10 to 15 years” and has focused his campaign speech on purchasing power.
Tavini representatives displayed their unity in the local Assembly by all wearing clothes cut from the same sky blue and white floral fabric, the colors of their party. Antony Géros has already been elected president of the local assembly, in 2004, when the independence party first came to power. During his first speech, this devout Christian had nailed a cross above the perch, which he had to remove a few days later.
Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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