18 Aug 2017

Tuvalu PM's job is said to be threatened

6:23 pm on 18 August 2017
World Humanitarian Summit Pacific Consultation. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu

Enele Sopoaga, the prime minister of Tuvalu. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Tuvalu's prime minister is understood to be using a surprise postponement of parliament to try and hold on to his job.

The country's acting Governor General announced on Wednesday that the session, due to be held this week, will be held at a later date.

Sources spoken to by RNZ Pacific have suggested the prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, will spend the period trying to heal a rift in his government.

In an address on national radio on Thursday, Mr Sopoaga told the nation he wanted to cement his position as prime minister.

In a statement today, the government said there were 'misunderstandings' that could not guarantee a smooth Parliament meeting.

An opposition MP, Sir Kamuta Latasi, says his side hasn't circulated a motion, but he understands there has been talk of one.

He says with two government ministers overseas, Mr Sopoaga's majority could have been threatened.

The government is yet to respond to requests for comment.