29 Dec 2010

No coalition talks as Tonga PM forms government

4:15 pm on 29 December 2010

A pro-democracy leader in Tonga, Akilisi Pohiva, says there have been no discussions on forming some sort of coalition government following the swearing in of a new Prime Minister last week.

However, he and another member of his Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands have been offered portfolios in Cabinet following last month's election.

Mr Pohiva says he has been offered Health, while the Tongatapu number 4 people's representative, Isileli Pulu, has been offered Education.

But Mr Pohiva says some sort of discussion had been expected:

"The problem is we expected the new Prime Minister to invite some members from our party to sit down and try to form a coalition government, but I think they don't want to do it, they don't want to form a coalition government."

Akilisi Pohiva says he believes a fair share of Cabinet posts for his party, which won 12 seats, would be six out of the 13 available.

He understands four posts have been offered to independents from outer island constituencies.

The Prime Minister has the option to bring four non-MPs into Cabinet as well.