Tonga's Speaker of the House has dismissed as false and unfounded, claims that two cabinet ministers were involved in moves that led to the dissolution of Parliament.
Last month King Tupou VI dissolved Parliament and called elections a year early after the speaker, Lord Tu'ivakano, approached him with concerns over the government's conduct.
Tu'ivakano said it had acted unconstitutionally and had attempted to gather power for itself.
Following the dissolution the now caretaker Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, sacked his deputy, Siaosi Sovaleni and Finance Minister, Tevita Lavemaau .
No reason was given but there were reports that the pair had been supportive of the Speaker's approach to the King.
However Tu'ivakano said the two were not involved and did not know about his actions.