4 Feb 2015

New Tonga PM cleaning up previous government's work

8:27 am on 4 February 2015

Tonga's newly elected Prime Minister says his government has been fully occupied with cleaning up the incomplete work of the last government since he was appointed four weeks ago.

Akilisi Pohiva says there is a lot of work to be done and they are trying to figure out the exact financial situation the government is in.

Mr Pohiva told Tongan residents at a meeting in Auckland on Monday, he will be unable to implement any of his campaign policies until the 1st of July when the new budget comes in.

"We have a lot of things to be done. In fact, the outgoing government left incomplete and unfinished works to be done and we are still trying to tap in to the current situation."

Akilisi Pohiva says a major issue he aims to tackle is the huge debt left behind by the previous government.