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Former Deputy Prime Minister accepts his dismissal but denies any involvement in efforts to dissolve parliament

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/09/2017

 

Sacked Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni has publicly declared his acceptance of the King’s revocation of his appointment.

 

In his signing out statement, Sovaleni strongly denied the rumors that he was involved in any efforts to dissolve Tonga’s parliament at any point of time. …

 

In a press conference this afternoon Siaosi Sovaleni confirmed he received the prime minister’s letter yesterday September 5th, confirming that His Majesty King Tupou VI had affirmed the recommendation to revoke his appointment as Deputy Prime minister and Ministerial appointments to cabinet.

 

In the execution of his duties Sovaleni said he always committed the best of his abilities, dedication and loyalty to the kingdom and to serving people.

 

He said he accepted the decision that has been made. and offered his apologies for any shortfalls in the way he carried out his duties.

 

Sovaleni then extended his sincere appreciation to the people of Tonga for all the support given to him during his tenure in government.

 

The same gratitude was extended to the Prime minister and cabinet ministers, CEO’s and civil servants of his Ministries and everyone else he’s been working with especially people in his constituency, Tongatapu 3.

 

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