25 Nov 2010

Cook Island Party leader coy about cabinet line-up

7:11 pm on 25 November 2010

The leader of the Cook Islands Party says is refusing to comment on the composition of his new cabinet, despite a threat from senior MP Norman George that he'll consider all his options if he does not receive a cabinet position.

Mr George is denying media speculation he's talked with the Democratic party about going into coalition if he's not appointed deputy prime minister in his party's new government.

But he says his position within the Cook Islands party is being questioned and he will not roll over if he's left out of cabinet.

The party's leader Henry Puna says it would be preemptive to respond to questions about his cabinet lineup.

"The composition and finalisation of cabinet membership is still under discussions but I'm not in a position or at liberty to comment on what Norman George might have said to you."

Henry Puna says he hopes to be able to announce the cabinet by the middle of next week.

Final election results will be gazetted on Friday local time.