Election date for Tonga’s next Prime Minister confirmed

Tongan MPs will elect the country’s next Prime Minister on Monday, December 18, Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva has confirmed it to Kaniva News.

Hon. Pōhiva’s confirmation came after a press release from Parliament last week said, the Office of the Interim Speaker will announce the schedule for the election of the Prime Minister designate “after close of nominations.”

The Office has confirmed it has received one nomination for the Prime Minister designate.

“This nomination was received by the Chief Clerk, Gloria Pole’o, on Tuesday, December 5 at the about 3pm from Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, Minister of Finance and National Planning and People’s Representative for Tongatapu Constituency 10.

“The nomination remains in a sealed envelope which has been placed into a secure box for
collection of nominations.

The nomination will be opened to reveal the name of the nominee for Prime Minister on the day of the meeting of all the elected Representatives to elect the Prime Minister designate.”

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