20 Jun 2012

Tonga leader unfazed by motion of no confidence

6:35 pm on 20 June 2012

Tonga's prime minister is welcoming a planned vote of no confidence in his government as a chance to discuss his administration's performance to date.

The opposition, led by Akilisi Pohiva, has lodged a motion for a vote of no confidence, claiming Lord Tu'ivakano's government has lost the people's trust.

He also asserts there is a lack of accountability and poor governance within the Tu'ivakano administration.

But the Prime Minister's spokesperson, Alfred Soakai, says Lord Tu'ivakano is unperturbed by the prospect of such a vote, which is likely to be held early next week.

"It is a constitutional right to take that option if they can and he [Lord Tu'ivakano] is confident that it will be business as usual for government and indeed he welcomes the opportunity to discuss their performance thus far."

Alfred Soakai.