9 May 2011

Niue premier confident of continuing in role after weekend's election

3:21 pm on 9 May 2011

Niue's caretaker Premier is confident he has the numbers to form another government following the country's election yesterday.

Three new common roll members and one new village representative, were elected, while Toke Talagi topped the common roll, according to unofficial results.

He says he will hold a meeting in the next couple of days, to see if he has the numbers to form a government.

"I am reasonably confident that there are people that are keen to support me, including possibly all four of the new MPs. Therefore, given the fact that I think we have about nine from the villages that have been elected, and possibly the new MP from the village of Makefu might very well support us, so therefore we'll have ten plus myself."

Toke Talagi says Makefu, the only village seat to change, may yet go to a re-count as the winner, Salilo Tongia was elected by a margin of only one vote.

He says he doesn't want the process of forming a government to be drawn out, and plans to call a meeting of parliament late this week or early next week.