10 Sep 2003

Cook Islands parliament unlikely to see leadership challenge

11:38 am on 10 September 2003

A Cook Islands MP, Norman George, says despite leadership questions on the table, there will be no change of government when parliament sits later today.

Mr George says the Democratic Party is still united, suggesting that any leadership issue will be settled at a party level and not in parliament.

The Cook Islands News reports there have been rumours about removing the prime minister, Dr Robert Woonton, after arguments in cabinet with his deputy, Dr Terepai Maoate.

The opposition leader, Sir Geoffrey Henry, has refused to say whether he was approached by government to form a new coalition.