25 May 2017

Warning for Tonga over control of key appointments

From , 4:04 am on 25 May 2017

A political scientist is warning of the risks for Tonga's government in its desire to handle the appointments of key public servants.

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva's government is now drafting amendments that would allow it to control the appointments for roles such as the Police Commissioner and the Attorney General, which currently handled by the Privy Council with the King.

There has been opposition to the government's push from widely differing sectors and as the director of Massey University's Pacific Research Centre, Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, told Don Wiseman it is a move fraught with danger.

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Massey University's Dr Malakai Koloamatangi Photo: Massey University