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The Cook Is­lands op­po­si­tion says it will re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Queen’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, who is­sued a le­gal opin­ion that its at­tempt to re­move the gov­ern­ment was il­le­gal. On Mon­day, the op­po­si­tion used what it con­sid­ered an er­ror by the Speaker of Par­lia­ment to stage a vote of no con­fi­dence, aim­ing to re­place Prime Min­is­ter Henry Puna.

The op­po­si­tion claimed the speaker, Nikki Rat­tle, had failed to prop­erly ad­journ the ses­sion, leav­ing par­lia­ment still in ses­sion. But the Queen’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Tom Marsters, agreed with the gov­ern­ment which had ear­lier called the op­po­si­tion move a farce.

The op­po­si­tion leader, Teina Bishop, said his MPs would re­spect the vice re­gal de­ci­sion. “I was in front of the Queen’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive yes­ter­day. I did in­di­cate to him I would re­spect his de­ci­sion but we will not agree with it,” said Mr Bishop.

Cook Is­lands op­po­si­tion leader Teina Bishop.

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