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Parliament Deliberations continue

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 05/03/2019

Parliament struggled this morning to come to a conclusion over the people’s petition that was referred to the Privileges committee yesterday. When the chairman of the committee Lord Tu’i Ha’angana reported to the house this morning, he said the content of the petition was fine, but the committee had some reservations over the authenticity of the signatures but they were not legal experts to make any final decision.

The Prime Minister, Hon Pohiva said that this has created a problem and should be
referred to police for investigation.

The speaker Lord Fusitu advised the house that if they abide by their rules and regulation, clause 1 small letter 2 should be used. Legally, a petition will be accepted for submission to the house if it is signed by three or more people and he sees no problem with the petition content and legality of petitioners.

The law requires at least three signatures before a petition is accepted by the house. Arguments for and against the petition to be dealt with by the house went on for the whole morning. Eventually the chairman of the privilege committee motioned that it be returned to them for review before resubmission for further discussion.

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