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Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (April 8, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The 12 members of Tuvalu's House of Parliament have re-elected Bikenibeu Paeniu to the nation's highest political office, Prime Minister.

Paeniu won the election by an historic margin of ten votes.

Opposing candidate Koloa Talake received two votes, his own and that of MP Faimalaga Luka, Radio Tuvalu reports.

The Prime Minister's landslide election Wednesday morning was presided over by Tuvalu's Governor-General, Sir Tulaga Manuella.

Following an afternoon swearing-in ceremony, Paeniu announced his new cabinet, which remains virtually unchanged.

Funafuti MP Ionatana Ionatana remains Minister for Health, Women and Community Affairs and Minister for Education and Culture.

The third portfolio he held, Minister for Tourism, Trade and Commerce, has been transferred to Nui MP Alesana Kleis Seluka, who retained his former portfolio of Finance and Economic Planning.

MP for Nanumaga, Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi has moved to the Ministry of Works, Energy and Communications.

Tausi's old seat is now occupied by the only new Cabinet appointment, Nanumea MP Kokea Malua, as Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment as well as Home Affairs and Rural Development. Malua also was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

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