18 Aug 2017

'Misunderstanding' forces postponement of Tuvalu parliament

3:36 pm on 18 August 2017

Tuvalu's government has blamed a 'misunderstanding' for the decision to postpone the sitting of parliament.

The country's acting Governor General announced on Wednesday that the session, due to be held this week, would be held at a later date.

In a statement today, the government said there were misunderstandings that could not guarantee a smooth Parliament meeting.

However, it did not specify what these misunderstandings were.

The prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, said the government was collaborating with the parliament office to have the same understanding of a recent High Court judgement.

Parliament will reconvene later this year, although no date has been given.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga

Tuvalu's Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana