COOKS PRIME MINISTER WILL NOT RECALL

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Out of fear of no-confidence, Marurai to wait months

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Jan. 21, 2010) - The Cook Islands prime minister says he doesn’t plan on calling parliament for at least several months.

Jim Marurai is facing a vote of no confidence by the majority of MPs when parliament sits next and pressure has been on him to set a date for the next parliamentary sitting and for a snap election.

He says a parliamentary sitting will be needed on the budget, which doesn’t have to be passed until July the 1st so he’ll call parliament again when more MP’s support him.

"We’ll wait for about three months to find out if we can secure support for the calling of parliament."

The combined group of MPs from both political parties unsuccessfully petitioned the Queen’s Representative to recall parliament, as the constitution obliges the representative to act only on the advice of the PM.

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