6 Mar 2017

Tonga Finance Minister resigns

8:17 pm on 6 March 2017

Tonga's Finance Minister 'Aisake Eke has resigned, sparking a cabinet reshuffle, just a week after the government survived a no-confidence vote.

Dr Eke, who has held the finance portfolio in two consecutive governments, was reportedly pressured by the Prime Minister to resign after he abstained from the vote.

2015 Tonga finance minister 'Aisake Eke

Finance Minister 'Aisake Eke. Photo: UN / youtube

'Akilisi Pohiva ended up defeating the vote 14-10.

Revenue Minister Tevita Lavemaau will replace 'Aisake Eke while Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa swaps his Police portfolio for Mr Lavemaau's former ministry.

Tongatapu MP Mateni Tapueluelu, who is the son-in-law of Mr Pohiva, enters cabinet as the new Police Minister.

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