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King highlights work to be done to prepare for coronavirus and challenges

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/05/2020

Majesty the King officially opened the Legislative Assembly of Tonga this morning with the assistance of technology broadcasting the Royal Address from His Majesty at the Royal Palace, to the members of Parliament, at Parliament House.

King Tupou VI thanked the people of the nation for following the advice of health officials and abiding by the restrictions put in place by government which has led to the country remaining coronavirus free, while majority of the rest of the world struggle to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the difficulties COVID-19 pose for the nation, His Majesty also spoke of the damages suffered by the islands of Tongatapu, Ha’apai, and ‘Eua from Tropical Cyclone Harold which affected the tourism sector, infrastructure, and the low-lying coastal areas. The King encouraged the nation to not be complacent and stay prepared as natural disasters won’t wait for COVID-19 to finish before wreaking havoc on our island.

He reminded the nation that our history is full of Tongans facing different challenges and overcoming them successfully.

With the environment, food security, and everyday life, is predicted to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, His Majesty emphasized the importance of staying vigilant and always taking necessary action to stay prepared for challenges, especially with the outlook for the future being uncertain due to COVID-19.

His Majesty acknowledged that the Legislative Assembly had much work to do in regard to ensuring the protection of the nation and at the same time, consistent development.

King Tupou VI also acknowledged the assistance of foreign partners and donors especially in empowering Tonga’s efforts against COVID-19.

In closing, He urged the nation to prepare for whatever changes may come in the future with COVID-19 and natural disaster challenges that the country must face together as it affects the way of life, the economy, transportation, tourism, sports, businesses, communication, and other aspects of our lives.

Following the Royal Address, the Speaker of Parliament Lord Fakafanua announced the six MPs to deliver the House’s response to the Royal Address and they are Losaline Ma’asi, Dr Saia Piukala,Dr ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu,Siaosi Sovaleni, Lord Tu’iha’angana and Lord Tu’ivakano.

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