5 Apr 2019

Re-elected Cooks MP resigns during petition process

9:41 am on 5 April 2019
Te-Hani Brown

Te-Hani Brown Photo: Cook Islands Party

A newly re-elected MP in the Cook Islands, Te-Hani Brown, has resigned her seat on Atiu.

This comes just two weeks after Ms Brown won back the Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua seat after she forced a by-election by crossing the floor and joining the minority Cook Islands Party in government.

However the resignation comes as defeated candidate Nandi Glassie had a petition in the High Court challenging the result of the by-election.

His lawyers are seeking clarification on what happens when a successful candidate resigns during the petition process.

Whatever the outcome the matter plunges the country into further political turmoil just days before parliament sits for the first time this year.