1 Jun 2017

King to open fresh session of Tongan parliament

9:23 am on 1 June 2017

The King of Tonga will open this morning what promises to be a dramatic session of parliament.

The old Tongan parliament buildings

The old Tongan parliament buildings Photo: RNZ Pacific/Koro Vaka'uta

Earlier this week Opposition MPs warned that efforts to remove Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva would be ramped up.

King Tupou VI officially opens the parliamentary session with an address from the throne in which he comments on the workings of parliament and the government.

The King's speech will be followed by a House reply which will be formulated by committee before being delivered in the coming days.

Once that reply is given, the House can then sit.

Budget deliberations are first up on the parliamentary schedule which could prove interesting given talk from the Opposition of possibly blocking the budget and confusion over whether the country has the finances to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

Mr Pohiva earlier pulled Tonga out of hosting the Games, citing economic reasons, despite successive finance ministers saying the money had already been allocated.

Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: RNZI/Alex Perrottet