Caretaker role for Pohiva's government

Caretaker role for Pohiva's government

The present government of Tonga is to remain in a caretaker role until the elections.

King Tupou VI dissolved the country’s parliament on Thursday and called for elections a year early in an effective vote of no confidence in the prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

King Tupou VI commissions the MV Maui

King Tupou VI commissions the MV Maui Photo: Tonga Govt

Tonga’s government said the country would continue to function as normal.

It said Mr Pohiva’s government was to continue in an interim role until the elections, set down for November 16.

His cabinet met at the weekend, before a brief statement was read on the country’s public radio.

It provided no reaction to the decision, except to say that the administration of government services would continue.

‘Failed coup’

Reports from Tonga say the interim Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has described the move to dissolve the parliament as part of a failed coup.

Mr Pohiva told New Zealand’s Newshub the move was an organised attempt to push him out.

He said he was never informed of the decision and said the way it occurred could be illegal.

Newshub reports Mr Pohiva learned of the King’s decision to dissolve Parliament on social media.

NZ’s SAS troops in Tonga withdraw

The New Zealand government has decided to bring home a group of New Zealand SAS troops currently in Tonga for a training exercise.

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee says having New Zealand troops there on a military training exercise could be perceived the wrong way.

Mr Brownlee says the decision to dissolve a democratically-elected parliament was a significant event and New Zealand officials were monitoring the situation closely.

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Published at Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:52:07 +0000