There was no mention of Pohiva’s absence in what was called a "Huufi Fakalotofale 'o e Fale Alea 'o Tonga" or "in-house" session.
Matangi Tonga reports this is the first session of Parliament following the General Election on 16 November 2017.
The session opened at 10am with only one or two members of the public attending and not one foreign diplomat was present.
Noticeable also was the absence of six members of parliament.
The PM, who is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Vaiola Hospital, did not attend.