19 Jun 2006

Motions of no confidence in Cooks against speaker and Prime Minister fail

10:08 am on 19 June 2006

A motion of no confidence brought by the Cooks Islands government against the speaker over the weekend has failed, as has the opposition's move to unseat the Prime Minister.

The decision to move a no-confidence motion against the speaker was made because of allegations that he failed to show neutrality while presiding over parliament.

Only 12 out of 24 votes supported the motion of no confidence against the speaker, but 13 are needed to win a majority.

The opposition's motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister was lost along similar lines.