Tuvalu Parliament Removes Telavi, Elects New Prime Minister

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Enele Sopoaga to lead new government after extended standoff

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 4, 2013) – Tuvalu's parliament has formally elected Enele Sopoaga to lead the country after Willy Telavi was removed as prime minister.

In a sitting of parliament, a majority of eight of Tuvalu's MP's voted in support of a no-confidence motion against Mr Telavi.

The vote follows nearly eight months of standoff between Mr Telavi's government and the opposition, with the death of one minister, the resignation of another, high court action and orders from the Governor-General.

Opposition MP Taukelina Finikaso has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat the vote was held in parliament on Friday after more High Court action.

"Everything was in order; and the speaker was also barred from not accepting the motion of no confidence," he said.

"The voting was eight for the motion, four against and one abstention. The speaker himself abstained."

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