17 Nov 2006

Cooks fears running out of money over budget issues

6:46 pm on 17 November 2006

Concerns over Government funding are growing in the Cook Islands, with government money supply expected to run out on Monday.

The Cook Islands Herald reports that parliament might not meet now until the second week of December.

This follows delays in the hearing of petitions against results from the September general elections.

Questions are being raised about the legality of plans for the Queen's Representative, Sir Fredrick Goodwin, to issue a proclamation enabling bridging finance until the Budget is passed.

The money supply problem is because the Democratic Party-led government's budget was not passed in July this year.

Parliament was dissolved for early elections after the opposition Cook Islands Party gained the numbers believed to be sufficient in parliament to defeat the government.