Politics

PM hits back at opposition

Thursday June 30, 2016

THE BATTLE for power between the government and the opposition is intensifying with the Prime Minister Henry Puna accusing the opposition of “simply clutching at straws in its grab for power.”

INTERNAL Affairs Albert Nicholas has confirmed he was present at the controversial Monday June 20 sitting of parliament solely to support MP Rose Brown.

OPPOSITION leader and Aitutaki MP Teinakore Bishop will stand trial in a high profile case at the Cook Islands High Court next month.

FINANCE minister Mark Brown yesterday signed the Paris Agreement in New York making the Cook Islands the 176th country to sign up.

PRIME Minister Henry Puna says Cook Islands Party MP Rose Toki Brown, who crossed floor to support the opposition coalition’s bid to overthrow the government, was “blindsided by some scheming people in the background.”

No job threat, says PM

Friday June 24, 2016

PRIME Minister Henry Puna says his leadership is under no threat despite the attempt from the Opposition coalition to overthrow his government earlier this week.

Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters should not have sought legal advice from the government’s Solicitor General because the Crown Law office lacks impartiality, says former Speaker of Parliament Norman George.

PRIME Minister Henry Puna is expected to comment on the latest political upheaval in the country in his absence, today.

Up until Tuesday afternoon, Cook Islanders at home and abroad believed Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters had not reached a decision on the opposition coalition-initiated parliamentary sitting that took place on Monday.

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