3 Dec 2010

Cooks cabinet line-up secret on eve of swearing-in

7:03 am on 3 December 2010

The makeup of the new cabinet in the Cook Islands remains a secret ahead of its swearing in this morning.

People are keen to learn who will take the major portfolios of finance, tourism, foreign affairs and health.

Florence Syme-Buchanan reports.

"Except for the closest members of the Cook Islands Party and caucus, just who will be in the new cabinet has been kept highly confidential by Prime Minister Henry Puna. Mr Puna made it known shortly after the general elections that he could be looking at the option of including a seventh non-elected person in his cabinet which is provided for under the Constitution. There's been speculation by local media that the leading candidates for the job are former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Henry, local businessman Tata Crocombe and regional economist Vaine Wichman. Meanwhile it's still not known if the veteran politician Norman George has been included in the cabinet. Mr George has said he'll consider all his options if he's left out."