Minister for Police

Tonga police minister threatens to impeach Acting Speaker

This came after Tu'ilakepa announced six bills the government is trying to push through under urgency would first have to go to the House's Standing Committee on Legislation.

Matangi Tonga reported that Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva had not explained why the bills are urgent.

The threat of impeachment is the latest wrangle in a legislature that has faced a series of walkouts by the opposition in the past week.

It also comes as King Tupou VI has been presented with a series of petitions that seek to have parliament dissolved.

Tonga’s Police Minister threatens to stop Police Commissioner’s pay today

It is expected the king would make its final decision today.

As Kaniva News reported, the Privy Council’s Judicial Appointment and Discipline Panel has extended the Police Commissioner’s contract.

But the extension depends on the king’s approval.

The Minister of Police claimed he had the power to withhold the commissioner’s pay under Clause 51 of Tonga’s constitution.

The move could trigger an action to resolve two apparently contradictory laws.

Tonga has new Minister for Police

Tapueluelu pledged to carry out his legislative duty and responsibilities with integrity and righteousness.

He also pledged to obey his Majesty King Tupou VI, the King of Tonga and also to abide by the Constitution of Tonga.

Tapueluelu was originally elected into the Legislative Assembly of Tonga as a People Representative of Tongatapu 4 Constituency.

He was appointed to the Police and Fire Services Ministerial Post following the sacking of the former Finance and National Planning Minister, Dr. ‘Aisake Eke in March this year.