TUVALU’S NEW SPEAKER COULD TRIGGER OUSTER VOTE

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TUVALU’S NEW SPEAKER COULD TRIGGER OUSTER VOTE

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 24) – Tuvalu lawmaker
Faimalaga Luka has been elected Speaker Of Parliament.

The opposition leader, Amasone Kilei, said Prime Minister
Saufatu Sopoanga must call for a parliamentary session immediately so that the
two members of parliament elected during the May by-elections can be sworn in.

Kilei said Sopoanga is stalling because he lacks a parliamentary
majority and knows that he will be ousted in a no confidence vote proposed by
the opposition.

He said now that Tuvalu has a speaker, the prime minister would
be under pressure to call parliament.

"The speaker, the Honourable Faimalaga Luka, can convene
parliament if three months after a by-election no session is called for by the
government we believe that he has power to convene parliament because after that
by-election two new members were elected and these new members have to be sworn
in."

June 24, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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