Tonga's parliament set to close with a number of unresolved issues

Tonga's Parliament is due to close today, only ten days after it began, and with a number of issues still being up in the air.

Noble Representative Lord Nuku says a new Minister of Lands is yet to be announced, after Lord Ma'afu resigned suddenly earlier this month.

Lord Nuku says there is an abundance of land issues that still haven't been dealt with.

Matangi Tonga reports another Noble Representative, Lord Tu'i'afitu expressing concern that there are very few parliamentary meetings scheduled this year, with no sittings scheduled for July and August, and one week set aside in September.

When it sat this week, debate continued on whether the House should vote on a ministry report regarding damage caused by Cyclone Gita and the current state of recovery work.

However, members concluded there was no point in voting on the report because recovery work was still in progress.

Parliament is expected to reopen in June.