Former Tuvalu Prime Minister denies money abuse
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, August 30) - The former Prime Minister of Tuvalu,
Saufatu Sopoaga, has denied he abused public funds while in office.
Sopoaga was ousted by a vote of no confidence last week after a government
member crossed the floor to boost opposition numbers.
The opposition said the vote of no confidence was brought because Sopoaga was
misusing government property and money and went to China without the endorsement
of the Cabinet.
"I continued on that trip at the expense of the Chinese government; none of
Tuvaluís money," Sopoaga said "All the other allegations were unfounded; there
have not been any audited reports to establish or substantiate these
Sopoaga resigned his seat in parliament on Friday to delay a ballot for the
prime ministerís position.
He said he plans to stand again in the by-election, likely to take place in two
to three months.