The former leader of the Cook Islands Party Sir Geoffrey Henry has given his full support to the appointment of a new leader and deputy to take the CIP through the general election later this month.
Henry Puna was voted in as leader at the CIP conference in Rarotonga at the weekend, with Tupou Faireka becoming his deputy following Sir Geoffrey's announcement last month that he was retiring from politics.
Mr Puna is the third leader in the party's 42-year history, and Sir Geoffrey says he has confidence in the appointment of both men.
"I am absolutely confident about the future of the party, led by Henry, and Tupou Faireka as the deputy, I have no doubt at all they're going to do a very good job."
Sir Geoffrey Henry