17 Feb 2011

Tuvalu PM attributes recent unrest on bid to topple goverment

11:01 am on 17 February 2011

Tuvalu's Prime Minister Willie Telavi says recent unrest that resulted in the implementation of the Public Order Act was the first step in a bid to topple the government.

A ban on public gatherings was imposed in January in response to a protest march by people from Nukufetau who were demanding the immediate resignation of one of their MPs, the finance minister Lotoala Metia.

The ban's now been lifted but Mr Telavi says police are still investigating the march, which the government deemed illegal, along with accompanying threats made about removing Mr Metia.

He says those behind the protest action were politically motivated.

"Now indirectly what their actions are after is to have the other party taking over government from the present one which I'm leading here."

Tuvalu's Prime Minister, Willie Telavi.