New MP elected in Tuvalu
FUNAFUTI,Tuvalu --- Tuvalu has a new Member of Parliament.
Leneuoti Matusi was declared winner of one of the two seats for the island of Nui. He beat strong opposition from sitting member, Taom Tanukale and newcomer, Palemene Anelu.
Radio Tuvalu reports that Matusi polled 297 of the 778 voters registered for the island constituency. Tekinene, who graduated from the University of the South Pacific, last year, received 206 votes while Tanukale only managed 160 votes.
The seat was left vacant after Tanukale, a former health minister in the Willie Telavi government resigned his cabinet post. The other MP for Nui is Pelenike Tekinene, the island’s only female MP in parliament.
While very little is known of Matusi, PACNEWS has established the new MP was a former civil servant and served as the Secretary of the Nui Falekaupule.
It’s also not known which side the new MP will support. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga currently enjoys the support of eight members while the opposition has six members.
The one day polling closed at 4pm Tuesday afternoon and the final result was confirmed at 11pm last night.
...or view more articles related to these topics:
...or try these related articles:
- Fri 30 Jan - USA: UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must emphasize human rights, accountability
- Thu 29 Jan - Australia: When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness
- Thu 29 Jan - New Zealand: Air NZ faces probe over how it sells insurance with airfares
- Thu 29 Jan - Fiji: Fiji lacks experts, says Bainimarama
- Thu 29 Jan - New Zealand: NZ's Duncan Hardie Group seeks Solomon Island oil
- Thu 29 Jan - New Zealand: Murray McCully's dramatic Antarctic flight report released
- Thu 29 Jan - Australia: Greens criticise Papua New Guinea's plans to repatriate Manus Island asylum seekers
- Thu 29 Jan - New Zealand: New Zealand passports targeted by criminals, terrorists
- Thu 29 Jan - Fiji: Eyes on traffickers: Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority
- Thu 29 Jan - Papua New Guinea: PNG Ombudsman refers Minister Gore for alleged misconduct