24th October 05:46 AM
Tuvalu's Parliament elects new Prime Minister
By Semi Turaga
Thursday 19/09/2019

Tuvalu's Parliament has elected a new prime minister, ending the six‑year premiership of Enele Sopoaga.

Kausea Natano was this morning voted in by 10 of the country's 16 MPs to form a new government.

Natano, a long‑time MP from Funafuti, had been put forward as a candidate by a bloc of MPs who had moved against Sopoaga earlier this year.

The country of 11,000 people went to the polls last week to vote for a new 16‑member Parliament.

Seven of the members are first‑timers.

The MP for Niutao Samuelu Teo, son of the country's first governor‑general Sir Fiatau Teo, has been nominated as the new Speaker of Parliament. That appointment will be made tomorrow.

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