23 Dec 2002

Cook Islands MP rejoins government to push for early election

4:47 pm on 23 December 2002

Cook Islands MP, Norman George, says he's put aside differences to rejoin the government in an advisory role.

Earlier this year, he said he would never work again with the prime minister, Dr Robert Woonton, or the Cook Islands party leader, Sir Geoffrey Henry, after he was dumped as a cabinet minister.

But, Mr George says he believes he can work more effectively in government than outside it and is not seeking a role in cabinet.

"I'll be mainly an adviser to the Prime Minister, and I will probably have a consultancy contract with government, and basically I'm in there maybe to do some troubleshooting work,.... it'll be mainly engine room stuff"

Mr George says he's yet to sign a contract with the government but expects to do so in the new year.

The new government MP also says he will be pushing for an early election.