26 Aug 2003

Tuvalu opposition still has numbers to overturn the government

2:10 pm on 26 August 2003

Tuvalu's opposition says it still has the numbers to overturn the government when parliament is recalled and nobody will cross the floor.

Amasone Kilei made the comments after the prime minister, Saufatu Sopoaga, claimed that up to three opposition MPs were willing to defect to the government, after one had been offered a cabinet post.

Mr Sopoaga also claimed the opposition was in disarray after a leadership change which saw Apisai Ielemia take over the post from Mr Kilei.

But, Mr Kilei says that's wishful thinking by Mr Sopoaga and the opposition wants parliament recalled as quickly as possible.

"We are trying to get them to convene parliament because it has been too long for them to delay the parloament session"

OUT: of no confidence.

DUR: 15

Tuvalu opposition MP, Amasone Kilei.

The prime minister has stated that parliament will be reconvened next month.