PM Akilisi Pohiva

Tonga PM recovering well, expected to attend swearing in of Parliament

Pohiva is expected to attend the swearing in ceremony of Members of Parliament in Nuku’alofa on Thursday.

Tonga PM admitted in hospital

A Ministry of Health spokesperson told Kaniva News, Pohiva has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit to avoid being disturbed by visitors.

Pohiva was admitted at the Medical Ward last Friday.

His daughter ‘Ana Pōhiva Koli said via Facebook the Prime Minister was comfortable and fine.

Koli thanked the kāinga and friends for their prayers in which she said were contributed to the Prime Minister’s speed recovery.


PM confirms Government to build new Siamelie market

Pōhiva said he talked to the noble, who is also the Speaker of Parliament, early last month about government leasing the land in which Lord Fakafanua agreed.

The Prime Minister said the new market was one of the much-needed projects the government has projected over the next four years.

He said there were too many sellers for Talamahu, Tonga’s only national market.

As Kaniva News reported in 2015, the government moved vendors who used to sell their agricultural produce on footpaths in Maʻufanga to Siamelie open air market.

Pohiva retains Tonga prime ministership

Mr Pohiva got 14 votes in the 26 member House, with the only other contender, former deputy prime minister Siaosi Sovaleni getting 12.

The result was announced by the interim speaker Lord Tangi after he presented the results of yesterday's secret ballot to the King.

Mr Pohiva's Democratic party had a resounding victory in the November election, winning 14 of the 17 People's Representatives seats.



Review of Tongan Broadcasting head's sacking is dismissed

Nanise Fifita was sacked from Tonga's Broadcasting Commission in May even though her contract had a right of renewal clause.

The move came a few months after the Prime Minister had called the TBC an enemy of government after numerous clashes with staff.

The Public Enterprise Minister Poasi Tei and the TBC were defendants in the case.

They argued that the Minister was not consulted, as required by the Public Enterprises Act, when she was reappointed, making the decision void.

Tonga government accused of power grab

'Akilisi Pohiva's government is proposing an amendment that would see top roles such as the attorney general, police commissioner and anti-corruption commissioner, appointed by the prime minister and cabinet.

Currently, such appointments are made by the privy council and the king.

A former justice minister Clive Edwards said the current system provided an important balance against the power of the prime minister in a nascent democracy.