"I’LL WORK WITH ANYONE," SAYS COOK ISLANDS PRIME MINISTER MAOATE

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"I’LL WORK WITH ANYONE," SAYS COOK ISLANDS PRIME MINISTER MAOATE

By Moana Moeka'a

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (November 17 2001 – Cook islands News)---The Prime Minister says he is willing to work with any Member of Parliament — whether an independent or from the Opposition — to get on with the job of providing political and economic stability.

Today is the second anniversary of the Democratic Alliance/New Alliance coalition and Prime Minister Dr. Terepai Maoate says the 1999 general elections delivered "a different reality" from most people’s expectations.

"Political parties and MPs have been confronted with a system where no political party has an outright majority. Such a system therefore requires greater consultation, negotiation and at times compromise.

It’s a new system for us and it can be hard to get used to but it does work if MPs work hard at it."

Dr. Maoate says his job, as leader of government, is to foster a stronger spirit of working together among MPs to deliver progress.

"[I] will work together with any MP, including independent or opposition, to achieve heartfelt objectives, namely increasing the wealth of our country, educating our children the best we can, bettering the health care of our people and improving the potential of the outer islands."

In response to questions regarding Penrhyn MP Tepure Tapaitau, Dr. Maoate says he appreciates the MP’s support to provide political stability at a critical time to government and to work to facilitate development projects, including the new hospital in Penrhyn.

However, despite Tapaitau’s support, Attorney General Peri Vaevae Pare has filed proceedings in the High Court for a declaration as to whether or not Tapaitau’s seat is vacant.

An Audit Office inquiry revealed that payments received by Tapaitau from the Office of the Prime Minister may be in breach of the Electoral Act, which states that an MP’s seat will become vacant, if he or she becomes a Crown servant.

For additional reports from the Cook Islands News Online, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Cook Islands News Online.

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