9 Mar 2011

Cook Islands Prime Minister eyes anti-party rules after George defection

7:59 pm on 9 March 2011

The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, has hinted his government could bring in anti-party hopping legislation after MP, Norman George, resigned from the party.

Mr George's decision came after he was left out of Mr Puna's cabinet following last year's election.

Mr Puna says it's clear Cook Islanders don't accept that individual MPs continue to shift alliances after being elected, which he says is for selfish, personal gain.

He says party hopping is a sad indictment of the country's political and parliamentary process.