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Assembly of French Polynesia

The Assembly of French Polynesia (French: Assemblée de la Polynésie française, Tahitian: Te âpooraa rahi o te fenua Māòhi) is the unicameral legislature of French Polynesia, an overseas country of the French Republic. It is located at Place Tarahoi in Papeete, Tahiti. It was established in its current form in 1996 although a Tahitian Assembly was first created in 1824. It consists of 57 members who are elected by popular vote for five years; the electoral system is based upon proportional representation in six multi-seat constituencies. Every constituency is represented by at least three representatives. Since 2001, the parity bill binds that the number of women matches the number of men elected to the Assembly.

Assembly of French Polynesia

Assemblée de la Polynésie française
Te âpooraa rahi o te fenua Māòhi
Assemblée de la Polynésie française.jpg
Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker
Structure
Seats57 members
Assemblee Polynesie Francaise 2018.svg
Political groups
Government (40)

Opposition (19)

Elections
Last election
22 April 2018 and 6 May 2018
Meeting place
L'hémicycle.JPG
Place Tarahoi, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, France
Website
http://www.assemblee.pf

The official language of the Assembly is French. The most recent election was held in 2018 and resulted in a victory of the Tapura Huiraatira, which won 38 seats.[1] Aside from passing legislation and scrutinising the government, the Assembly is responsible for electing the President of French Polynesia for a four-year term. The number of seats was changed from 49 to 57 on 23 May 2004, for the 2004 election. On 13 February 2005, by-elections for the Assembly were held in the constituency of the Windward Islands (circonscription des Îles du Vent). The next general election is scheduled in 2023.

ConstituenciesEdit

The six electoral districts (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)

President of the Assembly of French PolynesiaEdit

L’Assemblée représentative (1946-1953)Edit

Name Took office Left office Notes
Joseph Quesnot 11 March 1946 30 May 1949 [2]
Jean Millaud 30 May 1949 20 October 1951 [2]
Albert Leboucher 20 October 1951 14 March 1953 [2]

L’Assemblée territoriale (1953-1996)Edit

Name Took office Left office Notes
Jean-Baptiste Céran-Jérusalémy 14 March 1953 18 October 1953 [3]
Noël Ilari 18 October 1953 10 June 1955 [3]
Walter Grand 10 June 1955 23 April 1958 [3]
Jean-Baptiste Céran-Jérusalémy 23 April 1958 27 May 1958 [3]
Georges Leboucher 27 May 1958 20 May 1959 [3]
Jacques Tauraa 20 May 1959 2 March 1961 [3]
Frantz Vanizette 2 March 1961 6 November 1962 [3]
Jacques Tauraa 6 November 1962 17 May 1968 [3]
Jean Millaud 17 May 1968 17 June 1969 [3]
John Teariki 17 June 1969 14 May 1970 [3]
Jean Millaud 14 May 1970 13 May 1971 [3]
John Teariki 13 May 1971 25 May 1972 [3]
Jean Millaud 25 May 1972 5 October 1972 [3]
Gaston Flosse 5 October 1972 5 June 1974 [3]
Frantz Vanizette 5 June 1974 10 June 1976 [3]
Gaston Flosse 10 June 1976 7 June 1977 [3]
Frantz Vanizette 7 June 1977 28 April 1978 [3]
John Teariki 28 April 1978 29 May 1979 [3]
Frantz Vanizette 29 May 1979 30 May 1980 [3]
John Teariki 30 May 1980 29 May 1981 [3]
Frantz Vanizette 29 May 1981 1 June 1982 [3]
Émile Vernaudon 1 June 1982 5 April 1983 [3]
Jacques Teuira 5 April 1983 12 March 1987 [3]
Roger Doom 12 March 1987 10 May 1988 [3]
Jean Juventin 10 May 1988 28 March 1991 [3]
Émile Vernaudon 28 March 1991 2 April 1992 [3]
Jean Juventin 2 April 1992 6 April 1995 [3]
Tinomana Ebb 6 April 1995 23 May 1996 [3]

L'Assemblée de la Polynésie française (After 1996)Edit

Name Took office Left office Notes
Justin Arapari 23 May 1996 17 May 2001 [3]
Lucette Taero 17 May 2001 3 June 2004 [3]
Antony Géros 3 June 2004 16 November 2004 [3]
Hirohiti Tefaarere 16 November 2004 14 April 2005 [3]
Antony Géros 14 April 2005 13 April 2006 [3]
Philip Schyle 13 April 2006 13 April 2007 [3]
Édouard Fritch 13 April 2007 29 February 2008 [3]
Oscar Temaru 29 February 2008 12 February 2009 [3]
Édouard Fritch 12 February 2009 9 April 2009 [3]
Philip Schyle 9 April 2009 9 April 2010 [3]
Oscar Temaru 9 April 2010 14 April 2011 [3]
Jacqui Drollet 14 April 2011 16 May 2013 [3]
Édouard Fritch 16 May 2013 16 September 2014 [3]
Marcel Tuihani 16 September 2014 17 May 2018 [3]
Gaston Tong Sang 17 May 2018 Incumbent [3]

ElectionsEdit

  Party/Alliance Votes % Seats Total
  To Tatou Ai'a (Our Home) 55,227 41.19 23 27
  Te Niu Hau Manahune 2,502 1.87 2
  Te Henua Enata a Tu 2,773 2.07 2
  Union for Democracy* 48,403 36.10 19 20
  Tapura Amui No Te Faatereraa Manahune – Tuhaa Pae* 1,448 1.08 1
  Tahoera'a Huiraatira (Popular Rally)* 23,021 17.17 10
  Te Henua Enana Kotoa 497 0.37
  Te Ao Hou No Oe 171 0.13
  Te Ati o Te Henau Enana 44 0.03
Total 134,086 100.00 57
Source: Haut-Commissariat de la République en Polynésie française
† These parties only contested the election in the constituency of the Marquesas Islands; the Union for Democracy and Tahoera'a Huiraatira also contested the election in that constituency, and as a second round was not necessary there, the total numbers reflect the results of the first round in the Marquesas Islands and the results of the second round in all the other constituencies.

To Tatou Ai'a did not contest the elections in Tuamotu Islands West and the Marquesas Islands; Te Niu Hau Manahune contested Tuamotu West for the alliance.

The Union for Democracy did not contest the elections in the Austral Islands; Tapura Amui No Te Faatereraa Manahune – Tuhaa Pae contested the constituency for the alliance.

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