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CIP united ahead of Parliament sitting

Saturday October 04, 2014 Written by Published in Politics
CIP united ahead of Parliament sitting

The 12 elected Members of Parliament representing the Cook Islands Party will be going into next Wednesday’s scheduled sitting of the House as a united force, says the Party’s President.

CIP President Rau Nga said Prime Minister Henry Puna currently has the full support of all  CIP members that were elected for office during July’s general elections.
Puna currently leads a caretaker government that holds the slimmest of majorities.
Out of the 23 seats slated to be occupied in Parliament, Puna will be commanding a working majority as remaining seats are distributed amongst the Democratic Party with nine, and One Cook Islands with two.
Mitiaro’s seat will remain vacant until a by-election - currently scheduled for November 11.
Yesterday, rumours began circulating regarding potential party hopping MP’s and possible coalitions.
As of 5pm though, the parking lot at Government House in Titikaveka was empty, with no MP’s to be seen.
Nga described the CIP as a united group, and casted aside the political gossip that was reverberating across Rarotonga, saying “rumours are rumours”.
“They are very much united,” he said. “We are a happy bunch.”
“We’ll keep on holding onto the power of government and await the by-election for a final result to finalise our numbers in parliament.”
Nga said the CIP held a Party-wide meeting on Friday at midday for planning purposes, in anticipation of Parliament’s scheduled sitting next Wednesday.
Nga said the agenda for meeting included seating placements for MP’s, along with Puna advising on Parliamentary procedure.
With regards to the rumours, he acknowledged reports of CIP members being approached by other parties, but said “the Party was not too concerned” about it.
The Party’s current focus is tabling and passing an appropriation bill, he said.
“Responsibility is passing the budget so the country can be managed ... so we can move on and do our job,” he said.
“It’s about moving forward.”

2 comments

  • Comment Link mo Friday, 10 October 2014 10:21 posted by mo

    Why isnt party hopping illegal? If it is then why isnt it being enforced? These MPs need to realise the people are voting for them as representatives of their party not as individuals. Again out politics is the laughing stock of the South Pacific. Te roi e te akaroa.

  • Comment Link rahui t  david Monday, 06 October 2014 12:04 posted by rahui t david

    Do not be too over confidents Nga some members of the CIP were not sure of how stabilised the government is. The unfair treatments of pensioners is one of the major blow to some MP's. If the DEMO wins the NUKUROA seat you are in trouble. Then you will see party hopers. Would not be surprised if TEINA BISHOP will becomes the next PRIME MINISTER if he plays his card right. KIA MANUIA

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