Siaosi Pohiva

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.

Political reform driver for Tonga's newest MP

Mr Pohiva, the eldest son of the late prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, narrowly won the by-election for his father's former Tongatapu One constituency.

Sioasi Pohiva defeated scientist Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua by just 16 votes.

The win was an assurance that people still wanted to see a more democratic Parliament and more political reform, he said.

Mr Pohiva wanted to see the power of the nobility reduced, but he did not necessarily want their seats in Parliament to go.

He said there were several options available.

‘Akilisi Pohiva’s son wins by-election by 16 votes

In a tight race for Tongatapu One, Siaosi Pohiva, who is 'Akilisi's eldest son, won by just 16 votes.

With 1160 votes he edged out Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua.

There are 4342 registered voters in Tongatapu One but only 2305 cast ballots, a mere 53 percent.

RNZ Pacific's Tonga correspondent, Kalafi Moala, said for those who wanted change, and for those who no longer wanted to live under the shadow of the popular late politician, the result was a disappointment, especially as the son has pledged to fulfill the vision of his father.