King calls for kingdom to unite to overcome problems as he opens Parliament

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The King of Tonga His Majesty King Tupou VI. Photo/Fale Alea 'o Tonga

His Majesty King Tupou VI has called for concerted efforts to deal health, education and economic problems.

The king was speaking during the official opening of Parliament yesterday.

His Majesty said that since the last parliamentary term Tonga had continued to face major challenge.

He said Tongans needed to eat local food and live healthy lives.

He advised the government to develop the agricultural and fishery sectors as well as the tourism industry.

He said learning how to deal with an epidemic would be good example of individuals, communities and the national government working together to overcome a health issue.

On political matters, his Majesty reminded the public of their duty to convey their interests to the MPs, including both the People’s and Noble Representatives.

The King said it was vital for the government to consider focussing spending on health, education and boosting the economy.

The King also thanked foreign donors, including the governments of Australia, Japan and the People’s Republic of China, the European Union and international donor agencies for their contribution to building Tonga.

Radio New Zealand has reported that opposition MPS have warned that efforts to remove Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva will be intensified during the new session of the House.

Hon. Pohiva caused consternation last month when  he announced Tonga would not host the 2019 Pacific Games.

The Prime Minister cited  a 2013 economic report for the decision, but since then successive finance ministers saying the money had already been allocated.

The main points

  • His Majesty King Tupou VI has called for concerted efforts to deal health, education and economic problems.
  • The king was speaking during the official opening of Parliament yesterday.
  • His Majesty said that since the last parliamentary term Tonga had continued to face major challenge.
  • He advised the government to develop the agricultural and fishery sectors as well as the tourism industry.

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