LUKA TUVALU'S NEW PRIME MINISTER

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (February 23, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Faimalaga Luka has been elected prime minister. He succeeds the late Ionatana Ionatana, who died of a heart attack last December.

Luka, a former civil servant turned politician, was elected by parliament during a secret ballot Friday.

The new prime minister and his cabinet will be sworn in during ceremonies in the capital Saturday.

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