15 Mar 2016

Cooks parliament yet to meet this year

9:29 am on 15 March 2016

The clerk of the Cook Islands parliament, John Tangi, says government is not ready yet to call the first sitting of parliament for the year.

This comes amid mounting pressure from the opposition to meet and discuss a range of pending issues.

Mr Tangi told the Cook Islands News he was awaiting confirmation from the Office of the Prime Minister on a date for the opening parliament session of the year.

Two major matters to be raised include the Family Law Bill which is still under consultation and the motorcycle helmet issue.

Prime minister Henry Puna told a news conference when parliament met, it would need to sit for a longer period to make sure MPs had sufficient time to deal with important issues.

Cook Islands Parliament

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