Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i

Telavi replaces Toafa as prime minister

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 29, 2010) – Tuvalu has a new Cabinet and the government has been sworn in.

Just before Christmas, Willie Telavi won a vote to become the new Prime Minister after his predecessor was ousted in a no confidence vote at the beginning of last week.

Maatia Toafa was only elected to the post of Prime Minister in late September, but Mr Telavi, then his home affairs minister, withdrew his support.

The new Prime Minister and his government were all sworn in before Christmas.

Details of who is holding the new portfolios are just being distributed in Tuvalu and MPs are moving in and out of ministerial offices.

A Cabinet meeting is expected to be held later this week, but at this stage the first sitting of parliament for 2011 has not been confirmed

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