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ALOFI, Niue (Nov. 14, 2002 – Niue Economic Review)---Former Premier Sani Lakatani (66) has indicated his political career is nearing an end.

He told TV Niue that his cardiologist in Auckland has advised him to "slow down" and avoid stress. "I'll take his advice but I'll decide when the right time is to quit," said Lakatani.

The common roll member, who underwent heart surgery in 1999, is at present involved in brokering a deal with a Korean church group wanting to set up headquarters in a deal previously rejected by the government.

Lakatani and member of parliament Hunukitama Hunuki recently visited Korea as guests of the church. Already there are indications that the public and the government will continue to reject the proposal, which is reported to be finalized by the end of next month.

Lakatani has been a politician on Niue since 1990 when he returned from living in New Zealand. He was premier from 1999 to 2002.

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