4 Jan 2018

King officially appoints Pohiva Tonga's PM

11:12 am on 4 January 2018

King Tupou VI has officially appointed 'Akilisi Pohiva as Prime Minister of Tonga.

Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

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

Mr Pohiva was re-elected as Prime Minister in November.

Tonga's constitution states the King has to appoint the Prime Minister-Designate for the election to come into effect.

Mr Pohiva was re-elected by the Legislative Assembly in a 14 to 12 vote following the snap election in November.

Mr Pohiva served as Tonga's 16th Prime Minister from 2015-2017 before the King dissolved Parliament following concerns about the government's conduct.

The long-time democracy campaigner is Tonga's longest-serving active Member of Parliament and first took a seat in 1987.

The Prime Minister is expected to formally announce his Cabinet line-up in the coming week.

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