The Cook Islands High Court has upheld a number of grounds in a petition launched by the Democratic Party which contested the result in the constituency of Tamarua in Mangaia.
As a result, Demo candidate Tetangi Matapo has now been declared as the island’s Member of Parliament, taking away the seat from the Cook Islands Party.
With today’s announcement, the CIP has now lost its majority in Parliament.
Current makeup of the House has the CIP with 12 seats, the Demos with 9, and One Cook Islands with 2.
The final seat – representing the constituency of Mitiaro – will be subject to a by-election, likely to be held in November.