CHIEFS CALL FOR COOK ISLANDS GOVERNMENT TO RESIGN

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AVARUA, Rarotonga (August 18, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The House of Ariki, which represents traditional chiefs in the Cook Islands, has called on the new Government to resign and for new national elections to be held.

This follows what the Head of the House of Ariki, Pa Ariki, has called an insult to her by the new Prime Minister, Dr. Joe Williams.

He banned her from giving the customary speech at the annual celebration of self-government event this week, which led to many chiefs leaving the ceremony.

Pa Ariki said the chiefs were angered by Dr. Williams and want him and his Government to resign.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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