20 Feb 2012

Cook Islands veteran politician swapping parties again

8:16 pm on 20 February 2012

A longtime Cook Islands MP, Norman George, is making a bid for the leadership of the opposition Democratic Party.

A year ago Mr George quit the governing Cook Islands Party after it refused him a Cabinet seat.

He then became an independent but has now announced he has re-joined the Democrats.

Mr George was sacked from the Democrats eight years ago amid accusations he was a divisive element.

Now he says he wants to feature in the Democratic Party leadership structure given that the opposition leader, Robert Wigmore, is on extended medical leave.