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Prime Minister Teina Bishop?

Wednesday October 08, 2014 Written by Published in Politics
Prime Minister Teina Bishop?

The role of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance has been offered to Aitutaki Member of Parliament Teina Bishop under a potential coalition agreement between the Democratic Party and One Cook Islands.

On the eve of the first sitting of Parliament since July’s general elections, each of the country’s three representative political parties provided further details on what has been a week of intense, behind-the-scenes dealmaking.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Henry Puna revealed Bishop was offered the two high-level posts and Tupapa MP George Maggie was offered a Cabinet position by the Demos in return for support from the two One Cook Islands MP’s.
Bishop has since confirmed the details.
According to a statement issued by the Puna’s Advisor Trevor Pitt, the PM learned about the development during his meeting with Bishop last Thursday.
Puna further claimed that the “deal on the table” – words allegedly used by Bishop to describe the Demo-OCI arrangement - was used to “provoke” the PM into making a counter-offer to Bishop.
The OCI leader flatly denied the allegation, saying such a decision would have to be made with the input of the CIP caucus and senior Party members.
“We never talked about any offer,” said Bishop. “Why should just him and I decide the fate of the nation and the future of the Cook Islands Party?”
Meanwhile, Democratic Party Leader Wilkie Rasmussen issued a statement confirming his Party’s discussions with One Cook Islands had been “... sanctioned by all the Puna of the Demo and by the Caucus of elected members and the Executive.”
“It was with their blessings that the talks went ahead and despite the outcome, the Democratic Party still maintains its rights to appeal and fight for the Mitiaro by-election,” he said.
Rasmussen also confirmed yesterday that the Party has filed petition appeals for the constituencies of Penrhyn, Manihiki, Vaipae-Tautu, Tengatangi-Areora, and that a fourth appeal for Teenui-Mapumai will be filed next week.
With four outstanding appeals and next month’s by-election in Mitiaro, Rasmussen reserved the possibility of a future, strictly Demo-led majority government.
In the meantime, he said the Party will “... continue to honour its pledge of looking after the OCI MP’s.”
“Our objective is to throw this terrible Government out and we believe the majority of voters as shown here in Rarotonga with six MPs won by the Demo have spoken that quite loudly, and we want to deliver to them the Government they want,” said Rasmussen.
Similar battle lines were drawn by Bishop, who made comments alluding to the separate power bases carved out by each Party after the July elections – with the CIP in the outer islands and the Demo-OCI side concentrated in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
“The fact is, in a Demo and OCI partnership, it’s the Rarotonga-Aitutaki powerhouse that will be driving the economy,” he said.
 “When I talk about Aitutaki, I talk about all three members in Aitutaki,” Bishop added. “Even if they don’t come, there are others who want to join this partnership.”  - ES

3 comments

  • Comment Link Adrian TeAriki Kura Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:31 posted by Adrian TeAriki Kura

    What a joke this is they should all be sacked by the QR and call for a full election and no more petition. In the end the people of the Cook Islands are the looser's, moner has been wasted due to these .Power Hungry bozos.

  • Comment Link Angie Samuela Wednesday, 08 October 2014 12:04 posted by Angie Samuela

    Surely a good Christian country like ours can't have a 'Judas' for Prime Minister or Finance Minister. Wasn't this the person that betrayed the party he was elected to serve in July by not showing up for parliament.

  • Comment Link Florence Wednesday, 08 October 2014 11:34 posted by Florence

    And the whole world held it's breath in trembling anticipation. Not.

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