French Polynesia Government

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Country Name French Polynesia
Full Country Name Overseas Lands of French Polynesia
Local - Long Pays d'outre-mer de la Polynesie Francaise
Local - Short Polynesie Francaise
Former Name French Colony of Oceania
Etymology- history of name the term "Polynesia" is an 18th-century construct composed of two Greek words, "poly" (many) and "nesoi" (islands), and refers to the more than 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean
Government Type parliamentary democracy (Assembly of French Polynesia); an overseas collectivity of France
Capital Name Papeete (located on Tahiti)
Capital - geographic coordinate 17 32 S, 149 34 W
Capital Time Difference UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence none (overseas lands of France)
National Holiday Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - the local holiday is Internal Autonomy Day, 29 June (1880)
Constitution history: 4 October 1958 (French Constitution)

amendments: French constitution amendment procedures apply
Dependency Status overseas lands of France; overseas territory of France from 1946-2003; overseas collectivity of France since 2003, though it is often referred to as an overseas country due to its degree of autonomy

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French Polynesia Government and Politics

Who is the president of French Polynesia?

Executive Branch: chief of state: President Emmanuel MACRON (since 14 May 2017), represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Dominique SORAIN (since 10 July 2019)

head of government: President of French Polynesia Edouard FRITCH (since 12 September 2014)

cabinet: Council of Ministers approved by the Assembly from a list of its members submitted by the president

elections/appointments: French president directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); high commissioner appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior; French Polynesia president indirectly elected by Assembly of French Polynesia for a 5-year term (no term limits)
Citizenship Criteria: see France
Legal System: the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Legislative Branch: description: unicameral Assembly of French Polynesia or Assemblée de la Polynésie française (57 seats; elections held in 2 rounds; in the second round, 38 members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by a closed-list proportional representation vote; the party receiving the most votes gets an additional 19 seats; members serve 5-year terms)

French Polynesia indirectly elects 2 senators to the French Senate via an electoral college by absolute majority vote for 6-year terms with one-half the membership renewed every 3 years and directly elects 3 deputies to the French National Assembly by absolute majority vote in 2 rounds if needed for 5-year terms

elections:

Assembly of French Polynesia - last held on 22 April 2018 and 6 May 2018 (next to be held in 2023)

French Senate - last held in September 2017 (next to be held in September 2020)

French National Assembly - last held in 2 rounds on 3 and 17 June 2017 (next to be held in 2022)

election results:

Assembly of French Polynesia - percent of vote by party - Tapura Huiraatira 45.1%, Popular Rally 29.3%, Tavini Huiraatira 25.6%; seats by party - Tapura Huiraatira 38, Popular Rally 11, Tavini Huiraatira 8; composition - men 27, women 30, percent of women 52.6%

French Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Popular Rally 1, People's Servant Party 1; composition - men 246, women 102, percent of women 29.3%

French National Assembly - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Tapura Huiractura 2, Tavini Huiraatura 1; composition - men 353, women 224, percent of women 38.8%; note - total Parliament percent of women 20%
Judicial Branch: highest court(s): Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel (composition NA); note - appeals beyond the French Polynesia Court of Appeal are heard by the Court of Cassation (in Paris)

judge selection and term of office: judges assigned from France normally for 3 years

subordinate courts: Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif
Regions or States: 5 administrative subdivisions (subdivisions administratives, singular - subdivision administrative): Iles Australes (Austral Islands), Iles du Vent (Windward Islands), Iles Marquises (Marquesas Islands), Iles Sous-le-Vent (Leeward Islands), Iles Tuamotu-Gambier; note - the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands together make up the Society Islands (Iles de la Societe)
Political Parties and Leaders: A Tia Porinetia [Teva ROHFRITSCH]

Alliance for a New Democracy or ADN (includes The New Star [Philip SCHYLE], This Country is Yours [Nicole BOUTEAU])

New Fatherland Party (Ai'a Api) [Emile VERNAUDON]

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People's Servant Party (Tavini Huiraatira) [Oscar TEMARU]

Popular Rally (Tahoeraa Huiraatira) [Gaston FLOSSE]

Tapura Huiraatira [Edouard FRITICH]

Tavini Huiraatira [James CHANCELOR]

Union for Democracy alliance or UPD [Oscar TEMARU]
International Organization Participation: ITUC (NGOs), PIF (associate member), SPC, UPU, WMO
Diplomatic Representation in the US: none (overseas lands of France)
Diplomatic Representation from US: none (overseas lands of France)
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