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.
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