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New Member of Parliament in Tuvalu
13/10/2003 18:00:45 | ABC Radio Australia News

Results from Friday's by-election in Nukufetau show the winning candidate, Elisala Pita, beat the runner up, Tapaeko Apisai, by 22 votes.

There were two other unsuccessful candidates and a fifth candidate was disqualified prior to the by-election.

Mr Pita has declared he will join the government side, resolving an impasse in local politics and deciding the balance of power in parliament.

The balance of power has passed between government and opposition for some months.

Supporters of the Government in Tuvalu are heaving a huge sigh of relief following the win. Six months of political infighting which saw a one seat majority swing back and forward between the government and opposition.

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