9 May 2011

Lobbying expected as Niue chooses new premier

1:38 pm on 9 May 2011

Lobbying will begin in earnest in Niue tomorrow to see who can form a government following the weekend election.

Three new common roll members and one new village representative were elected, and according to unofficial results the caretaker Premier, Toke Talagi topped the common roll.

A returned independent MP Terry Coe says Mr Talagi has about a 50-50 chance of retaining the premiership.

"It's just the members that have been in there for some time will support Toke Talagi. It's the younger ones who have only been in for one or two terms, they might change. Because they're not happy with Toke. So we just have to wait and see. Either side has to get 11 to be able to elect a Premier."

Terry Coe says he does hope there are some changes because the country needs it.