5 Feb 2015

Cooks PM wants political unity before 50th Anniversary

7:23 am on 5 February 2015

The Cook Islands Prime Minister says he would like to see the country build a more united political front as it prepares to celebrate 50 years of self rule.

Cook Islands PM, Henry Puna

Cook Islands PM, Henry Puna Photo: AFP

An by-election in the seat of Vaepae in Aitutaki, on February 17th is likely to determine the country's government.

Henry Puna recently said he wouldn't rule out a coalition between the two major parties which have traditionally opposed each other.

Mr Puna says there is an obligation on all leaders to look for the best arrangement that would best serve the country.

That option is to have both major parties come together under an umbrella of, say, a government of national unity to work together. Particularly for this year because this is our 50th year of internal self-government. So it's a milestone. And we need to come together as one people.

Henry Puna.