27 Jun 2012

Vote of no confidence motion in Tonga's PM deferred till tomorrow

10:34 am on 27 June 2012

In Tonga, the motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister scheduled to be debated in the House today will now be deferred to tomorrow.

On Monday, parliament passed the 2012-13 National Budget, the Speaker, Lord Lasike then told Parliament the no confidence motion presented to him last Monday had been distributed to members.

He then said they should start their deliberation on the motion tomorrow.

The Speaker also announced that the House would close for two weeks allowing members to go on their annual national tours, starting next Monday.

The deferring of the debate on the motion of no confidence now means Parliament will have to deal with this political conflict in only one day, before members go on tour.

Matangi Tonga online says if the House cannot resolve the issue this week, then Tonga will be left without a stable government for more than two weeks.