Late former Tongan PM‘s son sits in Parliament for first time

His young brother Sione Pōhiva shared a photo of him, taken in Parliament, on Facebook, saying: “I look at this photo and I remembered the grave. Don’t be afraid his soul will be with you always.”

Siaosi narrowly won the by-election for his late father’s seat, Tongatapu One, by 16 votes.

Kaniva News reports he received 1160 votes to beat scientist Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua. Just over half the electorate voted.

Siaosi said at the time his win was an endorsement for continued political reform.