Ministerial shake-up, Penisimani Fifita new minister of education

The Tongan government has announced  reassignment of ministerial posts to two of its ministries.

Hon Penisimani Fifita has been moved from the Ministry of Internal Affairs  to Ministry of Education.

The Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva who was minister of education has been reassigned to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says:

On Friday 13 January, 2017, His Majesty King Tupou VI has granted the  Ministerial re-assignments, recommended by the Prime Minister, Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva to the following Ministerial portfolios:

That the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and current Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva is re-assigned as the Minister for Internal Affairs;

That the Honourable Penisimani ‘Epenisa Fifita, current Minister for Internal Affairs is re-assigned as the Minister for Education and Training.

Pursuant to Clause 51(4) of the Act of Constitution of Tonga (Amendment) (No.2) Act 2010, the Prime Minister may assign and re-assign ministries to and amongst the Cabinet Ministers.

The Ministerial re-assignments are effective from Monday 16 January, 2017.

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