Mark Brown has been sworn in as the twelfth Prime Minister of the Cook Islands in a ceremony last night.

Mr Brown and his cabinet took the Oath of Allegiance and were issued with their warrants during a formal ceremony at Government House conducted by the Queens Representative, Sir Tom Marsters.

He replaces Henry Puna who stood down to contest for the secretary general’s role at the Pacific Islands Forum.

Mr Brown, who has spent 10 years in parliament, was educated at Gisborne Boys High School, Massey University and the University of the South Pacific.

Before going into parliament he had worked in the Cook Islands public service and also had business interests there.

In his time as Mr Puna’s deputy he was very much the voice of the Cook Islands Party Government.

SOURCE – RADIO NZ

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