19 Jan 2015

New Tonga parliament hold first session

8:46 am on 19 January 2015

Tonga's Parliament will hold its first session today after the election of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva last month.

The first session follows the official opening last week, where an address from the King was presented by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala.

Mr Pohiva, a veteran democracy campaigner, was elected Prime Minister at the end of December following a five- week election process.

He says his main priorities are better governance and accountability procedures, and issues such as the state of the economy.

The National Shield of Tonga

The National Shield of Tonga Photo: RNZI