Letter confirms Lord Ma’afu as DPM and Acting PM
NUKU’ALOFA-September 6: 9.10am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Prime Minister’s Office has this morning confirmed the appointment of Lord Ma’afu as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, effective from September 1, 2017.
He replaces former DPM Hon Siaosi Sovaleni, whose appointment was ended by Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva’s reccomendation to His Majesty King Tupou VI.
Lord Ma’afu also acts as the Acting Prime Minister as this time, with PM Pohiva away in Apia, Samoa to attend the Forum Leaders Meeting.
At the same time the letter confirms the appointment of Hon Dr Pohiva Tuioneto’a as the new Minister of Finance and National Planning.
The letter from the PM’s Office today reads as follows:
“On 1st September, 2017, the Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga had made recommendations to His Majesty, King Tupou VI in accordance with Clause 51 (3) (a) of the Act of Constitution of Tonga, to revoke the appointments of Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister and Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, Minister for Finance and National Planning, effective from 1st September, 2017:
“The Hon. Prime Minister recommended to His Majesty the ministerial appointments of Lord Ma’afu, as Deputy Prime Minister and Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa as Minister for Finance and National Planning in addition to their Ministerial Portfolios, with effect from 1st September, 2017.
“On 5th September, 2017 a letter was received by the Prime Minister’s Office from the Lord Chamberlain, Palace Office to convey that His Majesty, King Tupou VI has duly endorsed with the Royal Sign Manual, the appointments of Lord Ma’afu as Deputy Prime Minister and Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa as Minister for Finance and National Planning, with effect from 1st September, 2017.
“While the Hon. Prime Minister is attending the 48th Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum in Apia, Samoa Lord Ma’afu, Deputy Prime Minister shall be Acting Prime Minister, with effect from 1st September, 2017.”
Hon Sovaleni and Hon Lavemaau have now been relieved of their ministerial postings but remain as Members of Parliament for their respective constituencies.
Hon Sovaleni as the MP for Tongatapu 3 while Hon Lavemaau is the MP for ‘Eua.
Both are expected to stand again for General Elections in November.
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