The independence list led by the former president of French Polynesia Oscar Temaru won the second round of territorial elections. The announcement was made official on Monday May 1 by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Twitter.
The Tavini huiraatira list wins the territorial elections in French Polynesia and will have to elect the future president of the archipelago. With Jean-François Carenco, we congratulate Oscar Temaru and Moetai Brotherson for their victory.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 1, 2023
With 44.2% of the vote against 38.5% for the list of outgoing President Édouard Fritch, according to the provisional results published by the High Commission, the separatists obtained an absolute majority of the 57 seats in the Territorial Assembly. They will have a stable majority to govern the South Pacific community for five years.
“Polynesians voted for change” and the government “takes note of this democratic choice”, acknowledged Gérald Darmanin. “We will work with the newly elected majority with commitment and rigor, to continue to improve the daily lives of our fellow Polynesian citizens”, he assured.