Tuvalu votes to maintain monarchy

Tuvalu votes to maintain monarchy

Tuvalu votes to maintain monarchy

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:42 AEDT

A referendum in Tuvalu has voted in favour of maintaining a constitutional monarchy.

The referendum, at the end of April, asked voters whether they wished to have a president as head of state.

The Pacific News Service reports the results were in favour of the constitutional monarchy, with 1,260 people voting in favour, while 679 were against the proposal.

However, voter turn out was low, with around 2,000 people taking part of the 9,000 eligible to vote on the island.

Meanwhile, Tuvalu has become a member state of the International Labour Organisation, or ILO.

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