Tuvalu PM'S defeat in confidence vote will not
affect Taiwan ties: MOFA
Lin Sung-huan, director of the ministry's East Asian and Pacific affairs department, was responding to foreign wire service reports that Tuvalu Prime Minister Saufatu Sopoanga had lost his job after losing a vote of confidence Wednesday.
According to the reports, Sopoanga was defeated 8-6 in the 15-seat parliament, with one absentee.
Lin said Sopoanga's defeat mainly resulted from Parliament Speaker Otinielu Tausi's joining the opposition camp because of his disagreement with Sopoanga's financial policies.
Noting that the Tuvalu Parliament is
scheduled to elect a new prime minister next week, Lin said that no matter who
wins the premiership, relations between Taiwan and Tuvalu will remain intact.
"We have consistently maintained cordial relations with Tuvalu's various
political groups. We believe that our relations with the South Pacific island
nation will remain solid no matter who will be that country's new prime
minister," Lin added.