King appoints ‘Akilisi Pohiva as Tonga’s Prime Minister

Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, 72, Tonga’s new Prime Minister Designate, was appointed by His Majesty King Tupou VI this morning to become Tonga’s new Prime Minister, a ceremony conducted according to the Tongan constitution.

PM Pohiva was elected yesterday after winning over 50 percent of a secret ballot in a Special Meeting by the legislature.

Spokesperson MP Dr Pohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa said they would have their first cabinet meeting today at 12pm at the cabinet to formalise and confirm all ministerial portfolios before PM Pohiva will inform the king about the new government ministers.

MP Tuʻiʻonetoa did not reveal the ministers for the new cabinet saying that PM Pohiva would formally announce it after his audience with the king this afternoon.

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