Aug. 13, 2010, midnight
Prime Minister Jim MARURAI of the Cook Islands announced last week that parliamentary elections will be held on November 17. MARURAI will dissolve parliament on September 24, only two days before the current four-year term of government will expire. The Prime Minister has faced pressure to call early elections since December of 2009, when his ruling Democratic party split. Opposition MPs planned to cast a vote of no confidence in January, but MARURAI responded by not calling Parliament into session until July.