Dr Eke Tonga's new finance minister


Independent MP  Dr ‘Aisake Valu Eke told Kaniva News this afternoon he has accepted the Prime Minister of Tonga's invitation to become his minister of finance.

Last week the former secretary for finance at the Tonga Treasury  said there was nothing official yet but confirmed he has been approached by the Prime Minister for the ministerial post.

He said he decided to consult his constituency to get their opinions first before he makes decision.

More than eighty percent were in favour of the Prime Minister's request and Eke said that is "13 villages out of 16".

Tonga’s former Finance Minister Lisiate ‘Akolo was dismissed last week after he refused to resign.

PM Tu’ivakano was not satisfied with ‘Akolo over his performance on his ministerial duty.

"I will take it just to help the government as I think I have something to give the people through this post at this time the nation is in financial difficulties," Eke said.

The Prime Minister will officially appoint Eke this evening.

Eke was elected to parliament by  Tongatapu 5 constituency  in 2010 as an independent member with 679 votes.

The second runner up was Maliumoeao Takai with 616 votes.

Following  the opening of the Tongan Parliament in 2010 Eke announced his affiliation with the Democratic Party but said he would not sign their MOU.

Tonga's next general election is in November.

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