PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
OUSTED TUVALU PRIME MINISTER PAENIU HEADS CARETAKER GOVERNMENT
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (April 14, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Bikenibeu Paeniu, who was forced out of office as Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Tuesday by a vote of no confidence, now is heading a caretaker government.
Tuvalu’s High Commissioner in Suva, Fiji Islands, Enele Sapoaga, said Paeniu continues to look after the affairs of the nation as Parliament prepares for the election of a new national leader as early as next week.
"MPs are now negotiating for a suitable candidate for the post. . . and will submit names to be voted on in Parliament," Sapoaga said.
The Opposition motion of no confidence in Paeniu was introduced by Vaitupu MP Koloa Talake, Sapoaga said, because of "growing dissatisfaction" with the Prime Minister’s leadershi