30 Jul 2013

Tuvalu motion of no confidence now set for Wednesday

4:13 pm on 30 July 2013

Tuvalu's parliament has convened today for the first time this year, and the Speaker has confirmed a motion of no confidence in prime minister Willy Telavi will be debated tomorrow.

Mr Telavi had refused to convene parliament this year, prompting the governor general to use his reserve powers to order today's session.

Opposition MPs were hoping to move a motion of no confidence in the prime minister, but other business has dominated the order papers today and speaker Kamuta Latasi says the private member's motion will be dealt with tomorrow.

The government lost its majority, in the 15 seat parliament, earlier in the year when oppposition candidate Elisala Pita won a by-election that Mr Telavi had refused to hold until a poll was ordered by the High Court.

The by-election followed the death of Tuvalu's finance minister Lotoala Metia in December.