PM attending soft opening for Parliament “uncertain” as swearing-in of MPs postponed

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Speaker of Parliament Lord Fakafanua and Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva. Photo/Tonga Parliament

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva will probably not be part of his cabinet ministers joining the soft opening ceremony for Parliament tomorrow, according to a government spokesperson.

The swearing-in ceremony for Members of Parliament has been postponed until further notice, Parliament office said today.

In a statement released to news media this morning Parliament office said:

“The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will be opened tomorrow, Thursday 11th January 2018, at 10:30am, by a commission of three Nobles comprising of HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake, Lord Fakatulolo and Lord Luani.

The Members of the Legislative Assembly will take their oath of office on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly, to be announced.”

As Kaniva News reported last night Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva was recovering well in hospital according to a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

The Prime Minister was reportedly expected to attend tomorrow’s ceremony.

The government spokesperson said this afternoon the Prime Minister will probably not attend the soft opening ceremony after it has been announced the swearing-in ceremony will be held later.

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