Decision to appoint Sika as Tourism Minister delayed

The decision by Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pōhiva to appoint his Democratic Party Member Sēmisi Sika as Minister of Tourism has been delayed to allow time for the King and His  Privy Council to consider approval of proposed laws.

‘Akanesi Tāufa from Tonga’s Prime Minister’s Office denied rumours Hon Sika, the Chair of the Whole House Committee would be appointed before the end of this month.

“The appointment of Sēmisi has not been approved and there will be no ministerial appointment this week,” Ms Tāufa said in Tongan.

“We will release a statement when the process is done,” she said.

It was not clear whether or not the proposed laws submitted to the Privy Council had anything to do with the government’s move to set up a Ministry for Tourism.

The Ministry was under the  Minister of Labour and Commerce but a ministerial bill was passed in parliamment early this year to set it up as a separate entity.

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