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Parliament honors Late Honorary Finnish Consul

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/03/2019

When parliament resumed this morning, the Speaker Lord Fakafanua called for a minute silence to honour the sudden passing away of the Finnish Honorary Consul to Tonga, Her Excellency Atiloa Fifita Latu.

Lord Tu’i’afitu noble representative No 2 of Vava’u broke the news of Atiloa’s death to the house as she was always supportive as a member of the Diplomatic corps, of the Legislative Assembly by attending opening and closing sessions.

The house then continued with the Chairman of the Privilege’s committee, Lord Tu’iha’angana presenting a report of their meeting yesterday.

Lord Tu’iha’angana told the house the people’s petition which was returned for a review was complete and they made contacts with petitioners to clarify issues of falsification of signatures.

The Prime Minister in responses, expressed his concern over the assumption that an element of crime was involved in the falsification of signatures.

He challenged members of any response if the case is taken to court and a decision was proved right.

However, Nobles and some people’s representatives argued that the right of people to freely submit a petition is a constitutional right and they should be given a chance to provide inputs in a public consultation before the bill is discussed.

Arguments from all sides were fiery but at lunch break there was no clear decision yet.

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/03/2019