7 Jul 2006

Cook Islands opposition still counting on support of two government ministers for motion

3:16 pm on 7 July 2006

The Cook Islands opposition says it still considers it has the support of two government ministers in its planned motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Jim Marurai.

However, with the new budget due for tabling tomorrow, the opposition will have to wait at least ten days before tabling the motion.

This comes amid confusion whether government ministers Teina Bishop and Wilkie Rasmussen, who still belong to the opposition Cook Islands Party, will support the Prime Minister or not.

However, opposition MP, Tupou Faireka, who filed the motion last month, says that the CIP is hanging on to the two...

"That is one of the confusions at the moment, because up to this day they have never publicly or never disassociated themselves from our party. They still tell us that they're Cook Islands Party. So we're still counting them - if we count them in this current parliament session, then we would have the number: 13 to 10."

The one undecided seat in the 24-seat parliament is the Matavera constituency in Rarotonga, where a by-election will take place on July 19th,