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André Thien Ah Koon, mayor of Tampon, in October 2021, in Reunion.

The staging is neat. French and European flags for solemnity. Creole armchair in tamarind wooden and handmade canework with a bouquet of scarlet anthurium for a contact of native identification. With emotion, typically on the verge of tears, André Thien Ah Koon, 84 years previous, introduced, Thursday June 13, to the Reunion press that he’ll “temporarily resign as mayor”. ” Heads up, supports the mayor of Tampon (various right), a rural commune of 85,000 inhabitants located in the upper part of the island. Not because of my will, nor that of the population. »

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Local political figure, “Tak”, as everyone calls him, was sentenced on May 23 to eight months in prison, a fine of 10,000 euros and five years of ineligibility with provisional execution in a case of taking illegal interest. Despite his appeal, he is now dismissed from his mandate and will be forced, at the end of the current administrative procedure, to leave the head of the municipality. His conviction risks having the effect of a political death. “The population of Tampon loses a loved one, a friend, a supporter”he announces.

This decision by the Saint-Denis Court of Appeal comes after two other convictions, including a previous sentence of three years of ineligibility in 2005. It sanctions the hiring of the position of president of the management board of a local public company (SPL ) of the daughter of his faithful former first deputy, also sister of the second deputy of his commune. André Thien Ah Koon is the chairman of the supervisory board of this SPL, Sudec, responsible for waste management. The judges found that the recruitment procedure had been distorted and that the chosen president had no skills in the field of waste.

Forty-one years of political life

“A denial of justice”, considers the fallen mayor. ” Proud of his evaluation, André Thien Ah Koon invokes ” the disarray, the incomprehension, the anger of those administered” and highlights its “legitimacy”. He lists his thirty mandates, including five as deputy, acquired over forty-one years of political life. The beginnings of his activist life date back to 1969, when he was called by Michel Debré to join the young Gaullist movement to fight against “autonomist risk”.

If he says “accept the decisions of institutions”this baron of the local right considers himself to be the martyr of a bad law »adding that“it is necessary that we clarify through the texts what an illegal taking of interests is”. ” The mayors, provides with gravity, this son of Chinese immigrants who got here from the Canton area on the finish of the Nineteen Thirties, are mistreated day by day, crushed by rising obligations, uncovered to all dangers to punish them. » “Those who take care of the people are the mayors; It’s not the ministers,” he continues in his indictment.

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