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Yearbook 2003

Tuvalu. According to Countryaah.com, Tuvalu Independence Day is October 1. Parliament was closed almost all year after a prolonged struggle between the government and the opposition for the 15 seats. In February, the President of Parliament, who had belonged to the government side, passed away.

In a general election in May, the government lost a mandate and thus lost its majority in Parliament. The opposition demanded that Parliament be convened and threatened with a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Saufatu Sopoanga. The opposition appealed both to a higher court and to the Governor-General to get his will through.

The governor-general called the parliament to an extraordinary meeting in June, when Faimalaga Luka from the opposition was elected new president. However, Luka was forced to leave when he was appointed as the country’s new Governor-General in September after Tomasi Puapua, who retired.

The government and the opposition then had seven seats. In the election after Luka, a member of the government was elected. In October, an opposition member also moved to the government side, which was then given nine seats against the opposition’s sex. The President was elected Otinileu Tausi from the government side. In early November, Parliament was convened again.

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