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Court Action Over Tuvalu's Political Standoff

04/07/2003  | ABC Radio Australia News

Tuvalu's Opposition party has taken Prime Minister Safatu Sapoanga to court for refusing to convene Parliament after the election of the Speaker.

A new Speaker, Faimalaga Luka was elected two weeks ago after the Governor General intervened and ordered that Parliament be convened.

Now, the Opposition leader, Amasone Kilei has accused the Prime Minister of trying to put off the sitting of Parliament until the end of the year.

Mr Sapoanga, who does not have the majority to lead the government, lost his grip on power after a by-election two months ago.

Mr Kilei says if Parliament is convened, the first issue to be debated will be a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister and his government.
 



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