Wednesday, November 17, 2010

[pima.nius] Outgoing Cook Islands PM expecting election defeat

10:18 AM |

Outgoing Cook Islands PM expecting election defeat

Updated November 17, 2010 18:19:09

The Cook Islands' outgoing prime minister, Jim Marurai, says he fully expects his Democratic Party will be ousted in elections about to get underway.

Over the last year the party has been shaken by an internal leadership struggle that saw Marurai sack his Deputy Prime Minister, Terepai Maoate prompting a mass resignation of party members.

Jim Marurai and his new deputy, Robert Wigmore, were subsequently kicked out of the party but readmitted in June with Mr Wigmore taking over as party leader.

Speaking to me from his constituency of Mangaia, Jim Marurai says the spat caused irreparable damage and he doesn't believe his party will be re-elected.

Presenter: Helene Hofman
Speakers: Cook Islands Prime Minister, Jim Marurai; Henry Puna, leader of the Cook Islands Party

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