'Akilisi Pōhiva first commoner to be democratically elected Prime Minister of Tonga

Democratic Leader Sāmuela ʻAkilisi Pōhiva was elected the 2nd Prime Minister of Tonga today Monday 29 under the kingdom’s new political system of government since it was first introduced in 2010.

The election of Mr. Pōhiva marked the first commoner to be elected as Tonga’s Prime Minister under its new democratic system.

He won the ballots by 15-11 against rival MP  Samiu Kuita Vaipulu voted by the 26 elected Members of Parliament for the next four Parliamentary terms, 2015 – 2018.

Pōhiva, 72, has 28 years experiences in Parliament after he was first elected to the House since 1987.

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