3 Dec 2010

New Cook Islands PM 'confident of Cabinet's abilities'

5:03 pm on 3 December 2010

Newly elected Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna says he has the utmost confidence in the ability of his Cabinet ministers to work with him and lead the country.

Mr Puna has announced that Tom Marsters will be deputy prime minister, while Mark Brown, Teina Bishop, Teariki Heather and Nandi Glassie will be ministers.

He says he wants Cabinet installed quickly because there are urgent matters to attend to regarding airlines servicing the country and the tourism industry.

He is expected to announce on Saturday the distribution of portfolios to cabinet ministers and the appointment of a Speaker of Parliament.