His Serene Highness Prince Tuʻipelehake closed the doors on parliament this morning and said His Majesty King Tupou VI is warning that this is cyclone season and it is important for people of Tonga to stay vigilant.
In a less than one minute speech His Serene relayed His Majesty’s condolence to residents of Vavaʻu following the deadly cyclone which hit the neighbouring islands of Fiji over the weekend claiming more than 40 lives.
Cyclone Winston destroyed 29 houses in Vavaʻu and affected two hundreds more. Trees and crops were extensively damaged.
The Prince said the king was grateful for the leadership of Speaker of the House at this year’s special session and also for overseas countries for what they have done to assist Tonga.
The special parliament was opened on February 1 and this morning the Speaker announced the 2016 session would open in June 2.
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