Tuvalu govt bombshells
Two bombshells rocked the Tuvalu Government when parliament began this morning.
They lost a motion to dissolve parliament before a vote of no confidence could be taken against them. And then health minister Taom Tanukale resigned from parliament dwindling government’s number further from five to four.
When parliament opened in the morning Prime Minister Willie Telavi raised a motion to dissolve parliament.
However in a taste of things to come, his motion was defeated by the Opposition; 8 votes to five.
Telavi would have had six members on his side. But his Education Minister Falesa Pitoi has been sick since December and unable to return to Tuvalu.
Opposition Member Taukelina Finikaso said Health Minister Tanukale shocked everyone by handing his resignation to the Speaker in the afternoon saying he was resigning from the House.
“Even we were shocked to hear of this resignation,” Finikaso told Islands Business.
“So when the House resumes tomorrow, Government will only have four members against the Opposition’s eight.
“Our vote of no confidence will come tomorrow and we are focussing our efforts on that.”
With the resignation, Tuvalu could be heading for another by election on the island of Nui.
...or view more articles related to these topics:
...or try these related articles:
- Wed 25 Feb - Fiji: Private sector says EU fisheries report inaccurate
- Wed 25 Feb - Tonga: World Bank Regional Vice President to meet Tongan Prime Minister today
- Wed 25 Feb - Fiji: Fiji disciplinary forces support UN Convention Against Torture
- Tue 24 Feb - Tonga: Princess Tu'ipelehake fights for Fatai residence in Court
- Tue 24 Feb - Tuvalu: Tuvalu and Kiribati push for legal agreement on local crews for purse seine vessels in PNA waters
- Tue 24 Feb - Fiji: Fiji continues to expand foreign relations
- Tue 24 Feb - Tuvalu: Tuvaluans residing in Fiji need to extend their visas if they want to stay longer
- Tue 24 Feb - Tuvalu: Peak tide affects Tuvaluan communities living in coastal and low-lying areas
- Tue 24 Feb - France: Agriculture must change
- Tue 24 Feb - Australia: Pacific connected: A regional approach to development challenges facing island nations