7 Jun 2013

Tonga King says democratic reforms take time

3:15 pm on 7 June 2013

The King of Tonga, Tupou the 6th, says more time will be needed before the full benefits of the democratic reforms are felt.

This was one comment in a speech delivered on his behalf this week for what is termed the soft closing of the Legislative Assembly.

The speech also made reference to planned constitutional changes on votes of no-confidence, with the King calling on MPs to carry out their work with sincerity, wisdom and responsibility.

Radio Tonga reports that he also stressed the delicate nature of the world's economy and how this is hampering efforts to improve the local economy.

But King Tupou says there are encouraging signs of a rise in foreign receipts and tourism.

The next ordinary session of the legislature will be officially opened by the King next Thursday.