4 Jul 2013

Tuvalu opposition relishes parliament recall

3:08 pm on 4 July 2013

Tuvalu's opposition spokesperson says he is pleased the governor-general has ordered Parliament to sit at the end of the month.

The opposition, led by Enele Sopoaga, asked the Governor General to use his special powers to reconvene Parliament after the opposition won last Friday's crucial by-election.

The spokesperson, Taukelina Finikaso, says the win means it now has eight seats, and the government has seven, and he believes that the Prime Minister Willie Telavi has been delaying the no confidence motion on purpose.

Mr Finikaso says when Parliament sits on July the 30th, the opposition will move a motion of no confidence.

"We have been looking forward to this for quite a while and it's very fortunate the GG also sees our way that the country has been in uncertainty for quite a while, in fact about seven months. So it is a good turn that the Governor General has done."

Taukelina Finikaso says he believes the motion will pass and elections will then be held for a new Prime Minister.