1 Feb 2007

Tonga's PM committed to political reform

10:35 am on 1 February 2007

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Dr Feleti Sevele, says his government is committed to political reform.

He says they are speaking with interested parties but not with a number of the pro-democracy MPs, three of whom are now facing sedition charges in relation to the riot on November 16th.

Dr Sevele says meeting with these MPs could interfere with the police investigations.

"But we talk to other people who, like us, want to move forward with political changes - don't forget I am a pro-democracy person myself, I was, I still am. And there are also other MPs who were not involved in the problems of the 16th of November."

Dr Sevele says they are speaking with some members of the Human Rights and Democracy movement, but he says there are also thousands of Tongans who want a more democratic who are not part of any organisation, who are willing to talk about the way forward.

Parliament is set to resume at its normal time at the end of May.