Sir Toke Talagi is still in NZ
according to the information circulated by the Director of Cabinet and
Parliamentary services Christine Ioane.
The circular informed the public
service of the movements of the Ministers of Cabinet and those in temporary or
acting ministerial positions.
Opposition Member Crossley Tatui told
BCN News that they “share enormous concern with the leader’s prolonged illness”
and want to know if he is getting better or not.
In a statement to BCN News Mr Tatui said that there is a constitutional crisis that must be sorted decisively with honesty and responsible justice. He said with due respect to the Premier and his ill health but the people want to know how he is doing.
In the meantime he said they continue to pray for his wellness and earliest return to duties as the country’s leader.
Sir Toke Talagi has not been seen in
any public events in Niue since April this year.
In June during the tabling of the
Annual budget in the Fono Ekepule, Opposition member Terry Coe said that the
Premier should resign because he is not able to carry out the duties expected
of him as Minister of Finance and the Premier of the country.
BCN News understands from sources in
New Zealand that Premier Talagi was in a wheelchair when he attended the
Indonesian Pacific Exposition in July. He was also unable to attend the Pacific
Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Tuvalu in August.
BCN News is seeking an update on his status and his expected return date to the island to resume official duties.
Story by Esther Pavihi