30 Jul 2003

Tuvalu Prime Minister trying to get numbers before reconvening Parliament

3:15 pm on 30 July 2003

Tuvalu's Prime Minister, Saufatu Sopoanga, says he will delay the reconvening of Parliament until he has regained majority support.

By-elections have given the Opposition leader Amasone Kilei, enough support to seek a leadership challenge.

A court sitting is scheduled for next week to rule on Mr Sopoanga's refusal to call Parliament, but he says he will try to hold out.

"Could be next month, could be September, or October, I'm not sure, as I said as soon as I get the majority I will call Parliament."