10 Mar 2017

Dumped Tonga Cabinet Minister speaks out

From , 6:04 am on 10 March 2017

Dr 'Aisake Eke, who until earlier this week was Tonga's Finance Minister, says he abstained from a no confidence vote because some of the claims by the nobles about Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva were valid.

The nobles had accused Mr Pohiva of nepotism, straining relations with Indonesia by speaking out for West Papua, not following due process, wasting government funds and other matters.

The parliament rejected the motion, Mr Pohiva winning 14-10, despite the Eke abstention.

Dr Eke hasn't elaborated on just what concerned him but told Don Wiseman he wasn't surprised at being dumped.

2015 Tonga finance minister 'Aisake Eke

2015 Tonga finance minister 'Aisake Eke Photo: UN/YoutubeChannel