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Tuvalu Supreme Court rules by-election must be held

Tuvalu Supreme Court rules by-election must be held

Updated 24 May 2013, 16:34 AEST

The Supreme Court in Tuvalu has ruled that a by election must be held to fill the vacancy left by the death of the country's finance minister.

The ruling was delivered this morning by Chief Justice Sir Gordon Ward from Auckland, after he was unable to travel to the country after the government failed to organise his transit through Fiji, which has banned him from entering the country due to his criticism of the military backed regime.

Tuvalu's finance minister Lotoala Metia died in December but the government has blocked efforts to hold an election to replace him, leading to the Supreme court action by the opposition.

Opposition spokesman Taukelina Finikaso explained the wording of the judgement to Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Taukelina Finikaso, Tuvalu Opposition spokesman

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