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There are no major changes in the cabinet line-up of Sir Toke Talagi’s new government in Niue according to online news, TalaNiue
He has decided to retain three ministers - Pokotoa Sipeli, Billy Talagi and Dalton Tagelagi and dropped Kupa Magatogia and Joan Vilamu in favour of Andrew Funaki, member for Tamakautoga and Mona Ainu’u, member for Tuapa.
The ceremony to swear-in the new cabinet was conducted this morning at the Fale Fono before a small gathering of friends and families. In accordance with accepted practice the Rev Navy Salatielu delivered the blessings for the new cabinet members.
Sir Toke used the opportunity to re-iterate his broad policy for the island. He told those present that his focus for the next three years will be to put in place policies that will help improve the quality of life for all people on the island who are committed to making Niue their home.
He outlined briefly his policy of appointing Members Assisting Ministers (MAMs) or Assistant Ministers who have the potential of becoming leaders and added that his intention was to bring in another appointee, Maureen Melekitama, in the near future. Some changes in the appropriate legislation is required before this can be done.
TalaNiue said the retention by Sir Toke of his old cabinet is probably the only logical choice that the Premier could have made. His ministers have performed well, although the cynics will probably say, they did as they were told.
The choice of MAMs was between either Ainu’u or Melekitama. Ainu’u won the first round but it should not be too long before Maureen Melekitama can sit on the round-table.
TalaNiue said the decision will resonate with women and the young people of the Island.
With the announcement by the Premier that another MAM will be appointed at a later date, brings the total number of cabinet positions to eight
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