22 Dec 2010

Tuvalu's parliament dissolved after no-confidence vote

9:10 am on 22 December 2010

Tuvalu's parliament was dissolved yesterday after a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Maatia Toafa was successful, by a slim majority.

The motion was passed in Tuesday's session of parliament after Foreign Affairs Minister Willy Telavi crossed the floor.

A Radio Tuvalu news editor Silafaga Lalua says the majority vote 8 to 7 among the 15 MPs was unexpected

"It really did come as a surprise especially with just over two months of this new governemnt and nobody expected it to be like this."

Silafaga Lalua says its not known when parliament will meet again, or who will form the new government but she expects some announcement will be made this week before Christmas.