Tonga MPs told to go home as PM office is unaware of Prime Minister’s alleged dismissal

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The Members of Parliament were told this morning to return home as the House was closed down for the rest of this term.

The Prime Minister’s Office was unaware of any decision the King has dismissed the Prime Minister, a spokesperson from the Office told Kaniva News.

She said the Office was inquiring and would release a statement soon.

Reports on social media this afternoon cited Tangata Pasifika Correspondent John Pulu as saying the King has “dissolved” Parliament and “dismissed” Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

But Pulu told Kaniva News “ I am still waiting on official word from Tonga will keep you posted…”

Lord Tu’iakepa has confirmed they were told this morning to go home but when he was told it has been reported the King has dissolved the Legislative Assembly he said they have yet to receive any official statement about it.

“Ko e tala mai pe ia ke mau foki ki ‘api ‘e tapuni e Fale Alea ki he ta’u ni ko ia pe”, Tu’ilakepa said.

Translated: “We were told to go home the Parliament will be closed down for this year that was it”.

Lord Tu’ilakepa was unaware of any decision to dismiss Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

A lady in Parliament said the Chief clerk and the Speaker were in a meeting.

When she was asked we wanted to talk to one of them she hung up the phone.

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  1. Naʻe fakahā ki he kau Mēmipa ʻo e Fale Aleá he pongipongí ni ke nau foki ki ʻapi he kuo tāpuni ʻa e Fale Aleá ki he taʻú ni.

    ʻOku ʻikai ha ʻilo ia ʻa e ʻŌfisi ʻo e Palēmiá ki ha tuʻutuʻuni kuo kapusi ʻa e ʻEiki Palēmiá ʻe Heʻene ʻAfió, fakatatau ki ha fakamatala ʻa hono ʻŌfisí ki he ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá.

    Pehē ʻe ha matāpule mei he ʻŌfisí te nau fakaʻekeʻeke pea ʻe tuku mai ha fakamatala he vave tahá.

    ʻI ha līpooti ʻi he mítia fakasōsialé ne fakahā ai ha pehē ʻe he tangata Tonga faiongoongo ʻa e Tangata Pasifiká John Pulu kuo veteki ʻe he Tuʻí ʻa e Fale Alea pea kapusi ʻa e ʻEiki Palēmiá

    Ka ne pehē ʻe Pulu ki he Kanivá ʻoku kei tatali ia ki ha fakamatala fakaʻōfisiale kau ki he meʻā ni.

    ʻI ha femeʻaʻaki mo Lord Tuʻilakepa ne ne fakapapauʻi mai ne fekau kinautolu ke foki ki ʻapi he pongipongi ni he kuo tāpuni e Falé.

    “Ko e tala mai pe ia ke mau foki ki ‘api ‘e tapuni e Fale Alea ki he ta’u ni ko ia pe”, ko Tu’ilakepa ia.

    Naʻá ne meʻa ʻo pehē oku teʻeki ha fakamatala pau fakaʻofisiale ia kuo ʻoange ke fakapapauʻi ʻa e talanoa ʻoku sasala ʻo pehē ko e tāpuni ko ʻení tuʻunga he tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e Tuʻí.

    ʻI hano ʻeke atu pe ʻoku ʻi ai haʻanau maʻu mo e kau nōpelé ki he fakamatala ʻo epehē kuo kapusi ʻa e ʻEiki Palēmia ʻe he Tuʻi ne ʻohovale ʻa e nōpele ia mo ne pehē ʻoku teʻeki fanongo ia ai.

    ʻI ha telefoni ki he Fale Aleá naʻe pehē ʻe ha fefine ne ne tali ʻa e telefoní ʻoku kei fakataha ʻa e Seá pea mo e Kalake Pulé.

    ʻI ha kole atu ke lea ki ha taha ʻia kinaua ne ne tāpuni mai ʻe ia ʻe telefoní