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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 10) - In Cook
Islands, the Group for Political Reform has accused political leaders of making
a mockery of the people and the country's democracy.

The statement comes after media reports surfaced recently of a
possible political power change in the country.

Earlier this year, another political changeover took place which
saw the opposition leader, Terepai Maoate, join the government led by Prime
Minister Robert Woonton.

Maoate is currently the Deputy Prime Minister.

Elizabeth Ponga, spokeswoman for the Group for Political Reform
said people are fed up with continuing changes in politics

She said, "If it becomes something solid, that they are
going to push aside the present regime, then one thing is for sure, we will
march upon parliament. We are going to tell them exactly how we feel about them
all and we will call for a general election."

June 10, 2003

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