MP's briefing with the Interim Speaker the Rt. Hon. Lord Tevita Tupou, at Fa'onelua Convention Center 9th Dec 2014. L-R Pita Vuki (Electoral Commissioner), Sione Sisifa (Solicitor General), Rt. Hon. Lord Tevita Tupou (Interim Speaker) and Gloria Pole'o (Clerk of the House).
L-R Pita Vuki (Electoral Commissioner), Sione Sisifa (Solicitor General), Rt. Hon. Lord Tevita Tupou (Interim Speaker) and Gloria Pole'o (Clerk of the House).
His Majesty has appointed Rt Hon Lord Tupou K.C as the Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga effective from last Friday, November 28th, 2014.
In a Press Release issued from the Office of the Interim Speaker say the appointment of the Interim Speaker was made pursuant to clause 61 and subsection (8) of the Schedule of the Act of the Constitution of Tonga.
This provides that the King shall appoint an Interim Speaker following a general election, to be made within seven days from the declaration of the result of the general election.
The Interim Speaker is responsible for presiding over the meeting of the elected Representatives for the purpose of electing a Prime Minister as well as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Rt Hon. Lord Tupou has now taken up office at the Office of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga to oversee the arrangements for the upcoming meeting.