Niue Opposition Brings No Confidence Motion Against Premier

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MP merely wants to force government to debate policies

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 27, 2014) – Opposition MPs in Niue have entered a motion of no confidence in the government.

The MP Togia Sioneholo says he gave notice to the speaker last Monday and a meeting was adjourned for Wednesday but no one from the government turned up.

Another meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the motion.

Togia Sioneholo says opposition MPs are concerned about a number of policies introduced by the current government that they don't believe are in the interests of the country, such as the four-day working week for public servants.

Mr Sioneholo says they want to at least force the government to talk about its policies.

"The whole idea is not necessarily the numbers to be successful because it's a general election year anyway so the whole purpose of our moving the motion is to give us the opportunity to debate these issues in the house, we've been raising a lot of these issues to debate and the government obviously doesn't like that."

Togia Sioneholo expects government ministers will boycott tomorrow's meeting too.

The premier, who failed to attend last week's sitting, has called elections for April the 12th.

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