Claims in Tonga’s parliament that there was an illegal transference of government money to Tongasat have been denied by two Prime Ministers, in a row over how a USD$75 million grant from China to Tonga was used.
Vote of No Confidence
After putting it off for a month, Tonga’s parliament today rejected a Motion for a Vote of no Confidence in the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and his cabinet.
A motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards, for a Parliamentary Select Committee to find out why protesters burnt Nuku’alofa on 16 November 2006, was withdrawn by order of the Acting Speaker yesterday, after ‘Akilisi Pohiva pleaded with the Prime Minister to ask the Acting Speaker to have it withdrawn. From the House by Pesi Fonua
Tonga’s parliament today decided to defer their deliberation on a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister for one month from today. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
A revelation by ‘Akilisi Pohiva yesterday afternoon that he had told the Prime Minister to dismiss his two appointed ministers, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Justice, and that ‘Akilisi wanted to be the Minister of Education, presented a new dimension to the deliberation in the House over a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister signed by 10 People’s Representatives. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
After a messy debate over a tangled web of confusion surrounding a Motion for Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Tonga’s Speaker closed today’s session by calling for an urgent special meeting with some of the key members involved. “I am not happy with where we have got to with the proceedings of the House,” Lord Fakafanua said. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
A move by ten members of the Tongan parliament to topple Tonga’s first majority-elected government with a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, on June 18, has plunged Tongan politics into its most unstable state, since the political maneuvering by some politicians with a similar intention resulted in the mindless burning of the Nuku’alofa Central Business District on November 16, 2006. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
The Tongan parliament was in an uproar this afternoon as members who supported a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister were given the floor to counter the written response of the Prime Minister that had been read to the parliament over the previous five days of sitting. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
A Motion for a Vote of No Confidence against the Prime Minister and government was unconstitutional and should be rejected by the House, the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano stated in his response to the Tongan parliament yesterday, July 23.
“What is the reason for the vote of no confidence?”. ‘Otuanga’ofa Democratic Party ‘ODP: “We have a constitutional right to put forward this motion, whether the motion is strong enough or relevant, that’s a different issue altogether.” Now that is what I call ‘a direct abuse of the constitution’ – Senolita Swan.