13 Apr 2005

Tuvalu MP pleased with reports that ill Government MP will resign

12:47 pm on 13 April 2005

An opposition MP in Tuvalu, Kamuta Latasi, says he would welcome the planned resignation of government MP, Sio Patiale.

Mr Patiale has been in Auckland for almost a year due to illness but returned to parliament for one day last December to help pass the budget.

If he resigns from his Nanumea electorate the government would hold seven seats and the opposition six, with two seats to be contested in upcoming by-elections after another MP died.

Kamuta Latasi says last year the government and parliament could not properly function.

"But on the whole it is a blessing, not only to us in parliament but to the whole country and even to the government itself. Because the government is unable to move at the moment because they cannot even call parliament, without Sio."

Kamuta Latasi.

The Pacnews agency has reported that Mr Patiale had said it's only fair to his people that he resign but the prime minister's office says he is yet to do so.