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ALOFI, Niue (March 29, 1999 - TalaNET News/PIDP/CPIS)---National People's Party leader Sani Elia Lakatani was elected Premier of Niue Friday by the 20-member Niue Island Assembly.

TalaNET News reports he defeated the only other candidate for the post, O'love Tauvere Jocobson, by a vote of 14 to 6.

Lakatani succeeds Frank Lui, who lost his seat in the March 19 national election to Alofi North constituency representative Mrs. Va‘ainga Tukuitonga.

Also Friday, Tama Posimani was elected Speaker of the Fale Fono. He defeated former speaker John Funaki, also by a vote of 14 to 6.

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