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Tuvalu's new Prime Minister wants a bigger role in the climate change

Tuvalu's new Prime Minister wants a bigger role in the climate change

Updated 6 August 2013, 16:43 AEST

The new Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga says he wants his country to regain the prominence it's lost in the global climate change debate.

On Friday Mr Sopoaga and his supporters successfully passed a no confidence motion in former PM Willy Telavi, ending over eight months of political infighting, constitutional crisis and High Court action, triggered by the death of the country's Finance Minister last December.

During that period Mr Telavi first refused to allow a by-election, and then refused to call parliament, when it became clear he did not have the support of a majority of MP's in the 15 seat house.

Friday's sitting of parliament only happened after the Governor General used his reserve powers to order it, and also ordering the suspension of Mr Telavi from office until the no confidence motion was debated, with Mr Telavi immediately announcing the Governor General had been fired in retaliation.

That backwards and forwards dismissal may still end up in the court, although Mr Sopoaga says his appointment, and the swearing in of a new government yesterday, means last week's actions are null and void.

Prime Minister Sopoaga has spoken to Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney about the past few months in Tuvalu politics, and also his plans for the future.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Tuvalu's new Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga

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