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    A court ruling on electoral malpractice on Tuesday (25 July) brought down the government of the Cook Islands, a group of 15 tiny coral atolls and islands scattered over 850,000 square miles (2.2 million sq.

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    A court ruling on electoral malpractice on Tuesday (25 July) brought down the government of the Cook Islands, a group of 15 tiny coral atolls and islands scattered over 850,000 square miles (2.2 million sq. kms.) of the South Pacific. Chief Justice Gaven Donne made the ruling after a three month inquiry. He said that unlawful conduct of "monumental dimensions" had taken place in the March election of Sir Albert Henry and his Cook Islands party. It involved the equivalent of 2.8 per cent of the state's total budgetary expenditure, he said. After ordering Sir Albert's dismissal, Chief Justice Donne later swore in opposition leader Dr. Tom Davis as Premier to govern the 25,000 islanders. Legal experts in New Zealand, which is still responsible for the island's defence and foreign affairs, said they knew of no precedent for such a court ruling overturning a government. Here, with a report on the hearing and its aftermath. is Carol Archie of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBVPEOCJ50R34OZPBSY8BYYJ2
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBVPEOCJ50R34OZPBSY8BYYJ2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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