22 Feb 2017

Tongan PM bold in the face of no-confidence claims

From , 4:04 pm on 22 February 2017

Tonga's Prime Minister is still confident of retaining his position despite the many accusations that have been levelled at him in a no-confidence motion tabled in parliament this week.

Akilisi Pohiva is accused of nepotism for hiring his son as his assistant and of putting people into high ranking government positions without due process.

Mr Pohiva is also under fire for trying to remove others illegally, criticised for wasting money, defending a former Cabinet Minister who was found guilty of bribery and for damaging relations with Indonesia by supporting West Papuan independence.

'Akilisi Pohiva told Koro Vaka'uta his official response will be tabled in parliament shortly.

Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva

Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva Photo: Alex Perrottet / RNZ