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 states 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.
THE 2014 general election saw five incumbent People's Representatives to Parliament retaining their seats and 12 new incoming MPs to serve for the 2015-2018 parliamentary term.