Aunty Mau, Beer still committed to Demos

Wednesday June 20, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
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Democratic Party stalwarts Ngamau ‘Aunty Mau’ Munokoa and James Beer will remain committed to the party despite losing their seats in the 2018 general election.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the party said Munokoa and Beer brought years of knowledge and experience to the Demos.

Munokoa, who was the third woman elected to the Cook Islands Parliament and the first to hold the post of deputy prime minister, lost the Nikao-Panama seat to the Cook Islands Party’s Makiroa Mokoroa.

The 73-year-old was first elected into parliament in a by-election in 1996.

From 1999 to 2002, Aunty Mau served as the Internal Affairs and Works minister. In 2003, she was appointed deputy prime minister, becoming the first Cook Islands woman to hold the position.

Aunty Mau later resigned from cabinet but was then reappointed in 2005 and continued to serve in cabinet, holding various portfolios, until December 2009, when she resigned over the sacking of Democratic Party leader Dr Terepai Maoate.

Aunty Mau was re-elected at the 2010 and 2014 elections.

“She (Aunty Mau) has 22 years of service to the community both as a Democrat and a politician, as well as a lifelong devotion to her people,” the party said.

Beer, who has been a vocal member of the Democratic Party in his four-year term as an MP, lost his Murienua seat to the CIP’s Patrick Arioka.

“The valuable depth of knowledge and understanding of Cook Islands politics that James Beer has worked hard to acquire cannot be understated and the party is grateful for his continuing long-term commitment,” the Demo statement said.

Having won 11 seats in the general election, the Democratic Party currently appears to be the frontrunner in forming a coalition government.

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