Tonga needs all MPs working together - dumped MP

Dr 'Aisake Eke was removed earlier this week from his Finance Minister's post after he abstained in a no confidence vote against Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

RNZ reports the vote was defeated but Dr Eke was sacked from his post.

He said he had no grudges about his removal and expected it.

But he said he wanted the Tonga Legislature to learn to work together and this was something he would be aiming to achieve if he remains in politics.

He said the adversarial approach does not work for Tonga.


Tonga academic praises MPs for way vote was handled

The vote against Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva was unsuccessful, with the Government holding on to power with a vote of 14 to 10.

RNZ reports the nobles had made a series of accusations about the way Mr Pohiva ran his administration in what was just the second ever vote of no confidence to be staged in Tonga.

The first, more than four years ago, brought the country to a near standstill for weeks, but the Royal Oceania Institute's director of research, Tevita Motulalo, said this time around the process was far less disruptive.

Fiji MP unconcerned about assassination plot as police remain silent

FBC News says it has sighted the email, which it says was found on a computer in an internet shop in Lautoka last week.

The shop owner, who alerted police, is under military guard in hospital after he was allegedly severely beaten by police officers.

FBC News says the attack was planned to be carried out by what it calls disciplined officers during a parliamentary sitting also attended by the acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

A police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, says the police will not be making any comments on the ongoing investigations.