Plans are underway in Tuvalu to hold a by-election to replace the late Minister of Natural Resources.
Isaia Italeli was found dead in a hotel room in Samoa where he was staying before the Pacific Forum Fisheries Ministers' meeting last week.
A farewell service was held in Samoa before his body was returned to Tuvalu for his funeral held earlier this week.
The Secretary to the Government in Tuvalu, Panapasi Nelesone says a by-election is expected to be held soon.
"Right now government is trying to organise a by-election for the island of Nui. The late minister was from the island of Nui. So we're now in the process of organising a by-election and hopefully the dates will be approved by cabinet later this afternoon."
Panapasi Nelesone says the Prime Minister is overseeing the late Minister's portfolios until the by-election.
Meanwhile the police in Samoa have not yet confirmed a cause of death but have ruled out foul play.