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Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 28/02/2017

The Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence in Parliament. He has become Prime Minister for almost three years and was accused of incompetence and being frivolous with money by his opponents.

The decision ends weeks of political squabbling and delays.

However, before the ballot, the Prime Minister told Parliament there ARE only four authorities that can dismiss him from his role as Prime Minister – first – is himself to resign if he feels unfit for the Job.

Second – are the Ministers of Cabinet who elected him Minister, Third are the people to submit a referendum for his dismissal as they elected him to the House and Finally His Majesty – to dissolve the House if he thinks unfit.

However Dr. Malakai Koloamatangi – an expert in Political Science says despite the win, it’s not a good look for the Prime Minister and his administration.

He says this is a wrong temperament for Prime Minister and he should be worried about the numbers; however, the PM will face a renewed challenge in the coming months.

Several members of the Nobles and former Member of Cabinet – Fe’ao Vakata also spoke of the inaccurate information provided in the Prime Minister’s response and says he has breached clause 51 and 31a of the constitution, Clause 9 section 1 of the Pacific Sports Games 2019 and the PSC Act.

YET Ministers of the Crown and some peoples representative believes that the Prime Minister is fit to continue.

Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva came to power in 2014 as the country’s first democratically elected commoner after spending three decades in opposition campaigning for greater democracy and transparency.

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