Tuvalu’s new speaker

By Robert Matau

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Tue 04 Mar 2014

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Tuvalu has a new speaker after current speaker Sir Kamuta Latasi was outvoted by the Government side.

As predicted his replacement was Tuvalu parliament's latest elected member Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi.

Tausi had confirmed to Islands Business after being elected in the Nanumaga by election on January 14 that he was offered the position by Government.

Secretary to Government Panapasi Nelesone said Tausi was elected this morning.  Tausi was Tuvalu's speaker from 2003 to 2006.
Sir Kamuta will now become an Opposition member. 

Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga moved a motion without notice to remove the Speaker for reasons based around his not being with Government, and that the three pillars of Government cannot operate efficiently if leaders do not share mutual viewpoints.

The motion was well supported by the two thirds of members of
Parliament, currently with Sopoaga's Government.

Latasi acknowledged the support and cooperation of the
country and fellow members of Parliament during his 7 years as
Speaker.


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