22 Dec 2015

Confirmation Tonga MP has lost seat

8:48 am on 22 December 2015

Tonga's parliament has confirmed in a letter to Mateni Tapueluelu that he has lost his seat as a people's representative in Parliament.

The Tongan parliament buildings

The Tongan parliament buildings Photo: Tonga Parliament

The clerk of the house, Gloria Pole'o, says the letter from the Speaker, Lord Tu'ivakano, states that the Tongatapu constituency No 4 seat is now vacant and a by-election is pending.

Radio Tonga says this comes after a court ruling that Mr Tapueluelu, because of an outstanding debt, was not eligible to stand in the poll last year.

It was Mr Tapueluelu's first election and he became a part of the country's first popularly elected government.

He is understood to be planning an appeal.

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