20 Feb 2006

Tongan King appoints new speaker

1:18 pm on 20 February 2006

Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou the Fourth has consented to the appointment of Hon. Tu'iha'angana as the new speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

The appointment was effective as from Friday, February 10th.

The House last year elected Hon. Tu'iha'angana to chair the Committee of the Whole House for the 2005-2007 Session of the House.

He has been one of the nobles' representative for the Ha'apai group since 1991.

Hon. Tu'iha'angana, age 38, replaces the former speaker who was

found guilty and sentenced to bribery and evasion of customs laws.