21 Jan 2016

New Kiribati parliament to sit in two weeks

5:58 pm on 21 January 2016

The new 44-member Kiribati parliament will have its first meeting on February 5th.

22 of the MPs are newcomers.

Legal counsel to parliament, George Mackenzie, says by law, parliament has to meet one month after the elections, whose second round was held earlier this month.

He says parliament is trying to ensure that all MPs arrive in the capital before the meeting.

They will be sworn-in on that day, and following that will be the election of a speaker, with the last speaker, Taomati Iuta, reportedly seeking re-election.

Presidential nomination will also be made, with election for a new head of government expected in early March.

No caption

Photo: RNZ

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs