1 Apr 2010

Tonga government urged to resign over Ashika sinking

3:45 pm on 1 April 2010

A pro-democracy MP in Tonga is calling on the government to resign following the Royal Commission's report into the sinking of the Princess Ashika.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry presented its report to the King of Tonga and the country's Privy Council yesterday.

It found that there was a systematic failure by the Government in buying a boat that was unseaworthy.

Akilisi Pohiva, the people's number one representative on Tongatapu, says the report implicated all the government's ministers and they should go

"They should all resign because we have got more than enough evidence which clearly stated in the report that they all failed in carrying out their duty. And if they refuse to do that then ultimately it is the responsibility of his majesty to do the right thing, and the right thing is to get them to resign."

Akilisi Pohiva says the King should appoint an interim government to stand until an election in November.