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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, May 11) – Premier Young Vivian has been reelected Premier by Niue's newly elected government.

He won unqualified support over an alliance of independents candidate Mrs O'Love Jacobsen by 17 votes to three.

Premier Vivian, tipped late last year to retain his position by Niue News, stood on a strong platform of continuing development and economic reforms that will lead to Niue being less reliant on foreign aid.

Mr Atapana Siakimotu was re-appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the next three years and three new MP's will be sworn in - Ms Lilivika Muimatagi (Toi), Mr Kupa Magatogia ( Lakepa), Mr Organ Viliko (Alofi South) - along with the 17 others returned to Parliament in the April 30 general election.

Mr Vivian now has to pick a three person Cabinet to work with him and there is speculation as to whether or not he'll choose former Ministers Toke Talagi, Bill Vakaafi Motufoou and Fisa Pihigia. Political commentators are predicting that former High Commissioner to Wellington Hima Douglas may replace Toke Talagi who won his common roll seat at a "lucky dip" after tying with businesswoman Maihetoe Hekau.

May 12, 2005

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