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FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (December 18, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Tuvalu's Parliament has been dissolved pending new elections next March, ending the four-year life of the Polynesian nation's Fifth House of Parliament.

This final session continued the history-making tradition of the past four years, with the first ever fist-fight between a private member and a government minister after an all-night debate on the 1998 budget.

The budget of $13.6 million is the highest ever from the nation’s own revenues. It includes $6.32 million for normal operating expenditures, $3.72 million for specialized development projects, and $3.55 million for re-investment in the country's revenue-generating Trust Fund.

The special development budget includes expenditures for construction and operation of community fishing centers on four islands now without them, renovation of primary school buildings, and upgrading of Tuvalu's High Commission premises in Fiji, as well as development grants for local Tuvalu governments.

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