9 Jun 2016

Cooks Parliament holding first 2016 meeting

8:54 am on 9 June 2016

The Cook Islands Parliament is meeting this week for the first time this year but our correspondent says there are no assurances how long the sitting will last.

Cook Islands Parliament

Cook Islands Parliament Photo: Supplied

The Cook Islands Parliament sat for just ten-and-half-days last year and it's widely felt that Prime Minister Henry Puna is not confident in his slim two seat majority.

Mr Puna's position is complicated further in that one of those seats is held by Internal Affairs Minister Albert Nicholas who had crossed the floor after being elected on the opposition Democratic Party ticket.

Under the Cook Islands Electoral Act Mr Nicholas is not able to vote against the Democratic Party on any matters concerning confidence or supply.

The Budget is expected to be presented on the 10th of June.