16 Feb 2017

Tonga government facing no confidence motion

From , 6:04 am on 16 February 2017

For only the second time in history a motion of no confidence will be debated in Tonga's parliament next week.

Speaker Lord Tu'ivakano, who was the subject of the last motion when Prime Minister in 2012, announced the latest motion will be tabled in the house next week and a vote will take place before February 27.

Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva's two years in office have been fraught with accusations of inaction, opposition to changes in the education sector and the proposed signing of a women's rights convention, and the loss of two cabinet ministers to bribery charges and misconduct.

Massey University Political Scientist and Director of Pasifika, Malakai Koloamatangi, told Koro Vaka'uta the new motion was expected.

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Massey University's Dr Malakai Koloamatangi Photo: Massey University