Armelle Merceron

Armelle Merceron is a former government minister from French Polynesia.[1][2]

BiographyEdit

Merceron was an economics teacher for nearly 20 years, including two years at La Mennais College and 17 years at the Lycée Professionnel de Taaone.[3] In 1996 she entered politics.[4] In 1998 she was appointed Minister of Social Affairs.[3] In September 2001 following the sacking of Patrick Howell she was appointed Minister of Health and the Civil Service by President Gaston Flosse.[5] As Health Minister she dealt with a doctor's strike,[6] and proposed that all pregnant women be tested for HIV to contain the virus.[7] She later became Minister of Education.[3] In January 2007 she was appointed Minister of Finance by Gaston Tong Sang.[8] She was reappointed as a Minister by Tong Sang in 2008.[9][10]

In October 2009 she was accused of favourtism in the awarding of government contracts.[11][12] In December 2009 she was convicted and fined US$25,000 for skewing the awarding of more than US$1 million worth of contracts.[1] In 2017 she announced her retirement from politics.[4][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "French Polynesia's Merceron fined for favouritism". RNZ. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  2. ^ "SANTÉ - Discussion avec Armelle Merceron autour du schéma d'organisation sanitaire". actu.fr (in French). Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  3. ^ a b c d "Armelle Merceron raccroche aussi la politique" (in French). Radio1. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b Pambrun, Vaite Urarii (2017-10-18). "Armelle Merceron raccroche aussi la politique". Radio1 Tahiti (in French). Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  5. ^ "FRENCH POLYNESIA PRESIDENT FLOSSE SACKS HEALTH MINISTER OVER JAPANESE TOURIST'S DEATH; NAMES NEW CABINET". Pacific Islands Report. 13 September 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Week long medical strike continues in French Polynesia". RNZ. 10 May 2003. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  7. ^ "French Polynesia to test pregnant women to fight HIV/AIDS". RNZ. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  8. ^ "SANG NAMES NEW FRENCH POLYNESIA CABINET". Pacific Islands Report. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Tong Sang presents new French Polyensia government". RNZ. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  10. ^ "French Polynesian politician becomes minister but stays with opposition party". RNZ. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  11. ^ "French Polynesia prosecutor targets Merceron for favouritism". RNZ. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  12. ^ "TAHITI LAWMAKER CHARGED WITH FAVORITISM". Pacific Islands Report. Retrieved 26 June 2021.