THE GOVERNMENT of Tonga today received a letter from the People’s Republic of China to defer loan repayment to China scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 21st 2013.
THE Legislative Assembly continued to host visits from schools in Tonga as part of its outreach programme.
THE Whole House Committee on Monday voted nine votes to eight votes for the Legislative Assembly not to discuss a petition alleging misconduct by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu.
This came when members of the House debated a report submitted by the Standing Committee on Privileges on allegation of Mr. Vaipulu’s inappropriate behaviour during a kava-Tonga drinking at Nasaleti hall in Neiafu earlier this year.
Parliamentarians also passed the four recommendations cited in the Standing Committee on Privileges report that supported its motion.
The Committee in it its meeting on August 30th, cited four reasons to back up their recommendations. First, the nature of the petition is inconsistent with the functions of Parliament outlined in clause eight of the Constitution.
43 year old Falisi Tupou of Tatakamotonga was sworn in as Tongatapu 9 constituency’s people’s representative today in Parliament.
He was sworn in by the Legislative Assembly’s Speaker, Lord Lasike.
The MP was sworn in after the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu received an official report of the by election’s results from the Electoral Commission’s Office.
Acting Prime Minister also wished the new MP the best of luck on behalf of the Cabinet ministers on his new job ahead and hope he would enjoy his time working as a MP.
Falisi took oath to obey His Majesty King George Tupou and pledged to abide by Tonga’s Constitution. He also pledged to be honest and be holy while serving as a MP.
CANDIDATE of the Friendly Island Democratic Party (FIDP)FalisiTupou has won the Tongatapu 9 by-election yesterday.
FalisiTupou won 745 votes with a margin of 262 votesfrom fellow candidate Seventeen Toumo’ua of Haveluliku who won 483 votes.
Dr. ViliamiFukofuka of Tatakamotonga came third with 469 votes, followed by SiaosiTu’ipulotu from 'Alakifonua with 254 votes, while 'EpeliKalemani from Fua'amotu, 199 votes; and Simana Kami of Lavengatonga with 119 votes.
Election Supervisor Pita Vuki this morning says of the total 2,969 registered voters who went to the poll in 14 polling stations throughout Tonga, 77 percent turned out to cast their vote yesterday.