Hopes for End to Tuvalu Parliamentary Deadlock
20 June 2003
Tuvalu's parliament is expected to be convened on Saturday to elect a
new speaker and possibly end a political deadlock.
Political observers on the island hope the sitting will pave the way for
the formal session of the house to resume, following a month-long
political stalemate, which began when the government lost its majority
to the opposition.
Tuvalu's opposition has eight members while the government has seven.
Opposition leader Amasone Kilei says he believes the prime minister,
Saufatu Sopoanga, will stall the sitting of the house because the
opposition plans to introduce a vote of no-confidence in the government.
The parliament has been convened after intervention of the
governor-general, Sir Tomasi Puapua.