Education, health and war on illicit drugs among priorities for new Tonga PM

Tonga’s Prime Minister Designate Siaosi Sovaleni says people, the chiefs and the king lived under what he described as one house.

In his speech before his election as PM yesterday, Sovaleni said people had to learn to know how to live together.

Kaniva News reports Sovaleni said education, health, economic developments, e-government, climate change, war on illicit drugs, natural disasters, youths and women initiatives and good governance were some of his priorities.

In his vote of thanks after he was declared the winner, Sovaleni was emotional and congratulated his supporters and all MPs.

He also thanked his unsuccessful rival candidate Dr Eke and said they had previously worked together in the Ministry of Finance.

Sovaleni received 16 votes beat Dr Eke in the race for Prime Ministership during a meeting yesterday.

The meeting also voted in favour of Lord Fakafanua to become of Speaker of Parliament, a position he held in the previous government..


Photo Government  Caption: Tonga PM Designate Siaosi Sovaleni (left) with the Speaker of Parliament Lord Fakafanua