Speaker Lord Tuʻivakanō finally speaks out after king dissolved Parliament

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Tonga’s Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva (left), and the Speaker of Parliament, Lord Tu’ivakano (right). Photo/Tonga Legislative Assembly.

The Speaker of Tonga’s Legislative Assembly broke his silence Monday and delivered a statement on air detailing what advice he offered the king before His Majesty dissolved the Parliament.

As Kaniva News reported, the surprise dissolution on Thursday 24 followed an approach by the Speaker Lord Tu’ivakanō to King Tupou VI and a decision made by the Privy Council.

According to the  government gazette, fresh elections have to be held by November 16.

Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu said the king’s decision to dissolve Parliament was part of his royal  prerogative and could not be challenged in court.

Kefu said when the king proclaimed such royal command he was not required, according to the constitution, to explain it.

The royal command left the public in a state of limbo with many wanting to know why the king made such a surprising decision.

However, it is understood the Speaker went public with the grievances he presented to the king on TBC.

Former Political advisor and government CEO Lōpeti Senituli has posted the Speaker’s grievances in English on Facebook.

The Lord Speaker said he was concerned “that a bill had been submitted to the Office of the Speaker that seeks to amend the Constitution so as to revoke His Majesty’s right of assent to legislation approved by the Legislative Assembly before it could become law.

“That the intent of the Bill is in keeping with the Cabinet’s earlier plans to bypass His Majesty’s prerogative to sign treaties and conventions entrenched in clause 39 of the Constitution when they tried to sign and ratify CEDAW without His Majesty’ prior approval.

“That Cabinet had also become party to PACER Plus without His Majesty’s prior approval.

“That another Bill had also been submitted to the Office of the Speaker that seeks to amend the Constitution so as to remove His Majesty in Privy Council’s right to appoint crucial positions such as the Police Commissioner and the Attorney General.

“That Hon Prime Minister Pōhiva had intervened and prevented the Legislative Assembly from sanctioning former Cabinet Minister Etuate Lavulavu for abuse of office on the understanding that he would punish him instead. It later became apparent that he did not punish Lavulavu as promised.

“That several petitions have been submitted to the Office of the Speaker that seeks to impeach various members of the Legislative Assembly and the Speaker feels spending time on these petitions would be a waste of time and resources.

“That Cabinet had deliberately misled the Legislative Assembly regarding the hosting of the Pacific Games in 2019 and after the legislation was passed authorising the collection of the foreign exchange levy tax in order to fund it, Cabinet cancelled the hosting of the Games and yet they continued to collect this tax.

“That Cabinet had recently approved a 5% salary increase for all Ministers in response to a recent increase in income tax, yet the tax increase applies to the whole country especially all the civil servants and people in private enterprises”.

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  1. Kuo ʻikai kei longo ʻa e Sea ʻo e Fale Aleá ka kuó ne meʻa ki he ngaahi ʻuhinga ne ne faleʻiʻaki ʻa e Tuʻí ki muʻa pea tuʻutuʻuni ʻEne ʻAfió ke veteki ʻa e Fale Aleá.

    Ko ʻene faleʻi ʻeni naʻe fai ki he Tuʻí:

    Na’e hohaʻa ʻa e ʻEiki Sea ʻo e Fale Aleá ki he lao fakaangaanga ne fakahū atu ki hono ʻōfisí ke liliu ʻa e konisitūtoné ke toʻo e mafai ʻo e tuʻí ke ne tali ke fakamoʻoni ki ha lao kuo tali ʻe he Fale Aleá pea toki hoko ia ko e lao.

    Ko e taumuʻa ʻo e lao fakaangaanga ko iá ke fakafaingofuaʻi e ngaahi fokotuʻutuʻu ki muʻa ʻa e kapinetí ke ʻoua naʻa ʻave ki Heʻene ʻAfió ke fakamoʻoni ki he ngaahi talite mo e konivēsio ʻoku fakahinohino ʻe he kupu 39 ʻo e konisitūtoné ʻi he taimi naʻa nau feinga ai ke fakamoʻoni mo fakamafaiʻi e CEDAW taʻetomuʻa mokoi ki ai ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió.

    Naʻe tali ʻe he Kapinetí foki ʻa e PACER Plus ʻikai hano tomuʻa tali ʻe he Tuʻí.

    Naʻe toe ʻi ai mo ha lao fakaangaanga ʻe taha naʻe fakahū atu ki he ʻŌfisi ʻo e Seá ke liliu ʻa e konisitūtoné ke toʻo ʻa e Mafai ʻo ʻEne ʻAfió ʻi he Fakataha Tokoní ke fokotuʻu e ngaahi lakanga mahuʻinga hangē ko e Komisiona Polisí mo e ʻĀteni Senialé.

    Naʻe kaunoa ʻa ʻOnapolo ʻEiki Palēmia Pōhiva mo ne haʻo e Fale Aleá mei hono tautea ʻo e Minisitā Kapineti ki muʻa ko ʻEtuate Lavulavu ki hono ngāue halaʻaki hono lakangá pea ʻi he femahinoʻakí ʻe tuku pe ke fai ʻe ia ʻa e tauteá. Ka ne toki mahino ia ki mui ne ʻikai ke ne tautea ʻe ia ʻa Lavulavu hangē ko ia naʻe palōmesí.

    Naʻe ʻi ai e ngaahi tohi tangi naʻe fakahū ange ki he ʻōfisi ʻo e Seá ke fakaʻilo faka-Fale Alea ha kau Mēmipa ʻe niʻihi ʻo e Fale Aleá pea ne ongoʻi ʻe he Seá ʻe mole taimi mo e ʼu meʻa ke fai ʻi ha ngāue ke fai ki he ngaahi tangi ko ʻení

    Naʻe toki lotó ni e Kapinetí ke takihalaʻi e Fale Aleá fekauʻaki mo hono fakalele ʻo e Keimi ʻa e Pasifikí ʻi he 2019 pea hili pe hono tali ʻa e lao fakaʻatā ke tānaki ʻa e tukuhau levi mei he fakafetongi paʻanga mei mulí ke fakapaʻanga ʻakí, kuo kaniseli ʻe he Kapinetí ia ʻa hono fakalele ʻo e Sipotí hili ko ia nau kei hokohoko atu pe hono tānaki ʻo e tukuhaú.

    Naʻe tali ʻe he Kapinetí ke hiki pēseti ʻe 5 e vāhenga ʻo e kotoa ʻo e kau Minisitaá ke fakafenāpasi mo hono toki hiki ʻo ʻenau tukuhau paʻanga hū maí, hili ko iá ko hono hiki ʻo e tukuhaú naʻe hilifaki kotoa ki he fonuá tautefito ki he kau ngāue fakapuleʻangá mo e kakai ʻi he ngaahi ngāueʻanga kehé.