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Cook Islands: Chiefs Seek to Dissolve Elected Parliament

(July 2, 2008) Media reports stated recently that traditional Chiefs of the Cook Islands (members of the House of Ariki) are meeting in an attempt to resolve questions surrounding the previous dismissal by the Chiefs of the Queen of New Zealand's representative and government. The legality of the proclamation effecting the dismissal is also being invested by the Cook Island police. The Cook Islands is a self-governing, parliamentary democracy associated with New Zealand. (Cooks Chiefs to Meet Again Amid Dissent over Proclamation, RADIO INTERNATIONAL NEW ZEALAND, June 20, 2008, available at http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=40471; Cooks Police Probe Chiefs' Proclamation to Dissolve Elected Government, RADIO INTERNATIONAL NEW ZEALAND, June 17, 2008, available at http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=40395.)