Government of French Polynesia


Since 1984, local elected representatives are responsible for economic and social development through three institutions: the Government, the Territorial Assembly and CESC (Economic, social and cultural).

The government of French Polynesia is an institution headed by a President. The latter represents the cornerstone of the executive body.

The President of French Polynesia:

The government must be elected by the 57 advisors of French Polynesia at a meeting. The majority must be absolute. Its mandate is five years as counsel to the Assembly of French Polynesia.

However, two major events could listen to this period as well as the government: first, when a motion of censure by the Assembly and on the other hand, if the Assembly is dissolved.

The Prime Minister is the head of territorial administration and multiple functions are personally invested in it by statutory law.

Therefore, the chief executive appoints ministers and vice-president. He decides to their portfolios and their responsibilities, he also summons, chairs and sets the agenda of the Council of Ministers.

The President may also dismiss the members of his government. The President has legislative power, because it takes all actions necessary to implement the decisions of local authorities (such as resolutions of the Assembly of French Polynesia, and the acts of the Council of Ministers).

It also appoints the senior management of public services, with the exception of entrepreneurs, who are appointed by the Council of Ministers.


The Council of Ministers may empower the President and he can use it.

It is also agent of the order of the territorial budget.

Finally, it can not take part in decisions in international relations.
He appoints an unlimited number of ministers.

The ministers represent the second part of the government. Together with the President of the Government, they are obliged to implement decisions in a collegial manner, which relates to the jurisdiction of the executive.

The Council of Ministers is empowered to take the measures necessary to implement the resolutions passed by the Assembly, it is also an important and autonomous decision-making power. Finally, Ministers must ensure that they manage the portfolios given to them by the President.

The Assembly of French Polynesia is a deliberative body, with normative and executive functions.

The local parliament vote on the resolutions in all areas that are part of the jurisdiction, with the exception of executive body of resolutions.
Since the adoption of the March 2nd 2004 the Organic Law, as regards the status of autonomy, and who created French Polynesia as an overseas countries, the Assembly may also vote "laws of countries "in areas that fall within the jurisdiction of the French State to date.

Elected members of the Assembly vote for the President of French Polynesia.

The Assembly consists of 57 territorial advisers, representing the six districts of the five archipelagos of French Polynesia. They are elected for five years on proportional representation.

Counselors also territorial office and elect the President, in office for one year. Since the territorial elections of March 6, 2001, the parity bill now binds the number of women is the number of men in the Assembly.
Other than the administrative and budget sessions, the Standing Committee, which is a small meeting, is the legislative organ of the Assembly.

Moreover, under the principle of parliamentary government, the Assembly in May attacking the government with a three-fifth majority vote.
On the other hand, the Assembly may be dissolved at the request of the President of French Polynesia, by a decree of the Council of Ministers of the French government.

The current President of the Assembly of French Polynesia is Antony GEROS. He was elected in April, 14th 2005.

Functions of the Assembly of French Polynesia:

- Consideration and adoption by the projects presented by the government or the advisers.
- Vote on budget
- Approval of the territory
- Regency of taxation
- Decision of the territory loans


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