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New MP elected in Tuvalu
11:49 pm GMT+12, 22/09/2014, Tuvalu

After Nanumea’s bye-election last Friday, Satini Tulaga Manuella was elected the new Member of Parliament, according to Fenui News.
 
Manuella polled 436 votes over the only other candidate, Hilia Vavae who received 233 votes. He replaces former Prime Minister, Willie Telavi who resigned from Parliament last month.
 
He has confirmed to Fenui News that he will join the government side, whose term in office will be completed in a few months before Parliament is dissolved.
 
The new MP has a vast experience in finance, education and the private sector and high on his agenda will be to build the human resource capacity of Tuvaluans.
 
He said that Tuvalu may not be rich in resources but its major resource is its people who need to be educated in areas that will help boost Tuvalu’s economy.
 
As president of the Tuvalu National Private Sector Organisation (TNPSO), Manuella believes that a healthy working relationship between the education and private sectors can do wonders in boosting Tuvalu’s economy.
 
Acting Secretary to Government Limasene Siaeki said the confirmation of Hon Manuella’s Oath of Allegiance as a Member for Parliament will be confirmed this week.
 
Hon Manuella now joins the Enele Sopoaga Government, which has a comfortable 11-4 majority in Parliament.
 
A total of 1012 voters registered to vote but only 669 cast their votes.

SOURCE: FENEUI NEWS/PACNEWS


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