11 Oct 2004

Tuvalu has new prime minister

2:15 pm on 11 October 2004

Maatia Toafa has been sworn in as the new prime minister of Tuvalu.

Mr Toafa was elected by 8 votes to 7 early this morning and was sworn in immediately after the election.

Mr Toafa had been caretaker prime minister for more than a month after the former prime minister, Saufatu Sopo'aga, was ousted in a vote of no-confidence moved by the opposition while a government member was overseas seeking medical treatment.

Up until the no-confidence move, Mr Toafa had been Mr Sopo'aga's deputy.