3 Aug 2013

Tuvalu opposition votes out government

9:48 am on 3 August 2013

The Tuvalu opposition has voted the Willy Telavi government out of power after weeks of political acrimony.

The government had managed a number of manoeuvres to avoid a vote, including failing to call parliament for nearly eight months.

But the opposition, buoyed by a recent by-election win, asked the governor general to act and parliament met this week.

But within a day, the government had adjourned it, causing the governor general to take further action, ordering parliament to sit on Friday and the vote happened under the guidance of the acting prime minister, Enele Sopoaga.

Mr Sopoaga is now expected to be formally named as the new prime minister when parliament meets again on Tuesday.

The opposition had the support of eight MPs to the government's five in the 15-member parliament.

MP Taukelina Finikaso says they are delighted to have finally got their vote onto the floor..

"We are so relieved that we have gone through with the motion now and we have signed it with an overwhelming majority that we now have. So it was quite a relief and we are so happy with the result."

Tuvalu MP Taukelina Finikaso.