COOK ISLANDS PRIME MINISTER SACKS HOUSE LEADER

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Political crisis stymies parliament

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 9, 2010) - The political crisis in Cook Islands continues following the sacking of the leader of the house, John Tangi, by Prime Minister Jim Marurai.

Mr. Tangi has been outspoken against the Prime Minister’s cabinet.

Because of ongoing political turmoil, there has still not been a parliamentary sitting this year.

Last year, Mr. Marurai sacked the fomer deputy and the leader of the Democratic Party, Terepai Moate and several government ministers then resigned in protest.

Radio Australia reporter Ulamila Kurai Wragg says this latest move by the Prime Minister to remove John Tangi has only made the Cook Islands political situation worse.

The Democratic Party president has referred to the sacking as bizarre and shameful.

He cannot understand why Mr. Tangi was sacked from the house, because he was elected by parliament.

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