17 Sep 2019

Tuvalu's new govt to be decided on Thursday

12:03 pm on 17 September 2019

Members of parliament in Tuvalu will meet on Thursday to choose a new government.

Tuvalu's Parliament building

Tuvalu's Parliament building Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Jamie Tahana

The country held an election for its 16-member parliament last week, with seven first-time MPs elected.

The parliament will meet in Funafuti on Thursday morning to decide a prime minister, Speaker of Parliament and cabinet members.

They had been due to meet today, but the date's been pushed back because the Governor General's letter did not get to members in time.

RNZ Pacific understands the incumbent prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, and longtime Funafuti MP Kausea Natano will be contesting the prime ministership.