6 Sep 2004

Tonga's solicitor general assked to resign - report

3:40 pm on 6 September 2004

The Tongan Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, has reportedly instructed the Solicitor General 'Alisi Taumoepeau, to resign.

The Tonga Star newspaper says the move was connected to the fact that Fly Niu Airlines won a case in the Supreme Court allowing it to continue operating despite a government policy effectively closing it down.

Mrs Taumoepeau has a current two-year contract with government.

Last month, the ministers for Justice, Police and Commerce were asked to resign reportedly after voicing their concern over government moves to cut the kingdom's domestic airlines from two to one.