Tuvalu MP to resign for health reasons
ABC Radio Australia
Tuvalu Member of Parliament Sio Patiale, who's battling ill health, says
he'll resign so the Prime Minister can call a by-election in his seat of Nanumea.
Mr Patiale has been in Auckland, New Zealand, for almost a year where he's
receiving dialysis treatment three times a week while he waits for a kidney
He says it's only fair to his constituents that he resigns, and he'd prefer to
look after his health than concern himself with politics.
Mr Patiale holds the balance of power for the government in the 15-member
Parliament, which cannot convene without his presence.
Since he's been in New Zealand, the Tuvalu Parliament has only met once to pass
the budget session.