4 Feb 2011

Former Cook Islands leader touted as new Speaker

1:27 pm on 4 February 2011

One of the Cook Islands most experienced former politicians, Sir Geoffrey Henry, says he'd accept the post of speaker of Parliament if it's offered.

Sir Geoffrey, a former prime minister, is being widely tipped for the position, but the government will neither confirm or deny the speculation.

The prime minister's office says the choosing of the next speaker is still at a preliminary stage.

With all electoral petitions likely to be resolved by next week, the government is expected to shortly announce the date for the first sitting of parliament.

Finance minister Mark Brown announced almost two weeks ago that a supplementary budget is scheduled to be tabled next month.

If appointed Sir Geoffrey will take over from former Mauke MP Mapu Taia, who retired last year.