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Kiribati budget defeated in Parliament
3:23 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2019, Kiribati

Opposition MPs in the Kiribati Parliament have defeated the government's budget.
 
The Opposition holds a majority for the first time in three years and on Tuesday voted down the bill 26 votes to 18, with one abstention.
 
President Taneti Maamau had appealed to MPs to set aside political differences and pass the 2020 budget.
 
Its defeat comes after the High Court ruled on Monday an opposition MP could move a motion of no confidence against Maamau.
 
Cabinet had withdrawn an initial tabling of the budget last week, prompting Finance Minister who is also the Vice President Dr Teuea Toatu to resign in disagreement.
 
Three government bills were also defeated in Parliament last week.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS


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