2 Jun 2017

Tongan budget to shed further light on Pac Games hopes - MP

1:31 pm on 2 June 2017

An Opposition MP says next week's budget deliberations in Tonga will hopefully shed a light on the country's ability to host the Pacific Games.

An emergency meeting is to be held on Tuesday next week between the Games Council and the Prime Minister after he surprisingly announced the country would not run the 2019 event, citing economic reasons.

Tongan Noble MP Lord Vaea, (left), and PM 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Noble MP Lord Vaea, (left), and PM 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: kaniva pacific

This is despite successive finance ministers indicating funding had already been organised.

Lord Vaea, who is also the head of the nation's amateur sports and olympic committee, said the budget should show that the games can be held in Tonga.

"Which budget and who will actually be the honest person? Because one way the leader of government has said here's what we will do and then the minister of finance has said we have already got that in place, there is no need to rescind that. So that's the difficulty," said Lord Vaea.

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