|Another referendum: republic defeated|
|Written by Professor David Flint AM|
|Wednesday, 18 June 2008|
The people of Tuvalu have voted in favour of maintaining a constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II.
According to a broadcast on Radio Australia on 17 June,2007 , the referendum, held at the end of April, asked voters whether they wished to have a president as head of state.
Relying on a report in the Pacific News Service, Radio Australia said the results were in favour of the constitutional monarchy, with 1,260 people voting in favour, while 679 were against the proposal.
However, voter turn out was low, with around 2,000 people taking part of the 9,000 eligible to vote on the island, an indication that people were little interested in a republic.
Does that sound familiar?
Tuvalu was once part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, a British protectorate from 1892 and a colony in 1916.
The referendum confirmed Her Majesty as Queen of Tuvalu.
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