3 Sep 2017

Tonga MPs deny reports of sackings, reshuffle

4:40 pm on 3 September 2017
Lord Ma'afu

Lord Ma'afu Photo: RNZ/Koro Vaka'uta

Two government MPs in Tonga say if reports of a cabinet reshuffle are true, then they haven't heard anything.

Caretaker Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has reportedly fired his deputy prime minister Siaosi Sovaleni and finance minister Tevita Lavemaau.

Kaniva News reported a cabinet spokesperson confirmed the move, saying Mr Pohiva was disappointed in the ministers.

It reported that Lord Ma'afu has been appointed as the new deputy, while Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa was the new finance minister.

However, both Ma'afu and Mr Tu'ionetoa have told RNZ International they have heard nothing of a reshuffle.

Lord Ma'afu said if it was true, he's not sure what use it would be after the King's decision last week to dissolve parliament and call snap elections.