Wallis enthronement back on track

10:47 am on 15 April 2016

An accord has been reached among the royal families of Wallis for the enthronement of a new king to go ahead tomorrow as planned.

This follows a dispute which prompted dozens of people to occupy the royal palace in a bid to thwart the installation of Tominiko Halagahu.

The territory's public broadcaster says a meeting of hundreds of people of the opposing sides was held on the palace grounds yesterday and it resolved to proceed with the planned enthronement.

The ceremony will be conducted by the leader of a new council of chiefs which has been formed during this latest dispute.

Tominiko Halagahu will fill a two-year vacancy created by the removal of the last king, or lavelua, Kapeliele Faupala.

The official flag of the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna.

The official flag of the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna. Photo: supplied

The French prefect administering the territory had told local media that the state wouldn't interfere in customary matters.

France sent two police squadrons from New Caledonia to Wallis this week to beef up security.

Last month, the kingdom of Sigave on the island of Futuna chose Eufenio Takala as its king, ending a seven-year vacancy.

Wallis and Futuna has three traditional kingdoms recognised by the French republic.