6 Jun 2012

Tongan King to open Parliament this week

10:33 am on 6 June 2012

The new king of Tonga, Tupou VI, will open the country's new parliamentary session this Thursday.

The Matangi Tonga website reports the occasion will be historic, because it will be the first opening of parliament by Tupou VI since he ascended to the throne in March.

It is a tradition for school students to line the street from the Royal Palace to the Parliament Building, and this time all secondary schools throughout Tongatapu will be honoured with the task.