28 Feb 2017

Tonga's Pohiva survives no confidence vote

From , 6:04 am on 28 February 2017

Efforts by Tonga's nobles to remove Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva have failed.

The nobles, with some support from independents in the parliament, could muster just ten votes to the 14 in support of the prime minister.

One member of the cabinet, independent MP and Finance Minister, Aisake Eke, abstained.

The nobles had accused Mr Pohiva of nepotism, straining relations with Indonesia by speaking out for West Papua, not following due process, wasting government funds and other matters.

The Royal Oceania Institute's director of research, Tevita Motulalo, told Don Wiseman the push to remove Mr Pohiva may have been overtaken by other events, such as the death of the Queen Mother.

'Akilisi Pohiva the Prime Minister of Tonga

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