4 Feb 2016

New Kiribati parliament due to sit Friday

3:42 pm on 4 February 2016

A re-elected Kiribati MP, Taberannang Timeon, says he is ready to run for the presidency if his party, the ruling Boutokan teKoaua Party, or BTK, gives him the nod.

He said following last month's general election, the political landscape in Kiribati remained largely controlled by BTK.

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Photo: RNZ

Mr Timeon, who was transport, communications & tourism development minister, said BTK has the numbers and is confident it will form the new government.

The new parliament is set to sit on Friday and candidates vying to replace Anote Tong, who has completed the three terms allowed, must have their nominations in before the sitting.