Tiny nation has new ruler

The 11,0000 citizens of one of the world's smallest countries have a new leader.

The 11,0000 citizens of one of the world's smallest countries have a new leader.

The 12 lawmakers in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu elected Faimalaga Luka their new prime minister.

He was chosen in a secret ballot at the island's parliament in the capital, Funafuti.

Mr Luka replaces Ionatana Ionatana, who died of a heart attack in December last year.

He takes control of the world's fourth-smallest state, a 10-square mile collection of nine coral atolls in the Pacific.

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