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Encyclopedia > Jim Marurai

Jim Marurai has been the prime minister of the Cook Islands since December 14, 2004 when he was elected by Parliament by a vote of 14-9. He is a member of the Democratic Alliance Party, the same party as his predecessor, Robert Woonton. Marurai was previously the minister of education. Jim is a graduate of University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. As a secondary school student Jim attended Tereora College on Rarotonga and was known as Niu World. December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Alliance Party (originally the Democratic Party) is a liberal political party in the Cook Islands. ... Dr Robert Woonton (born 1949) was the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands from February 11, 2002 until December 11, 2004, and is a member of the centrist Democratic Alliance Party. ... The University of Otago in Dunedin is New Zealands oldest university. ... Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, located in coastal Otago. ... Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 A picture taken in Rarotonga. ...


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Cook Islands Government Online (358 words)
Shortly after being voted in by Parliament as prime minister, Jim Marurai 57, was formally sworn-in by the QueenÂ’s Representative as the eighth prime minister of the Cook Islands.
A University of Otago graduate in education, Marurai is respected amongst his political peers and constituents for his integrity, common sense and composure under pressure.
Marurai says he respects each of his Cabinet ministers for their experience and variety of talents.
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