19 Feb 2018

Tonga's parliament to meet at new venue

7:39 am on 19 February 2018
Fa'onelua Convention Centre

Fa'onelua Convention Centre Photo: Koro Vaka'uta

Tonga's parliament is to meet at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre because of the destruction of the historic legislative assembly building during Cyclone Gita.

The recovery effort continues in the Kingdom after Cyclone Gita tore through the Tonga on Monday.

The Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafanua, made the announcement saying in the spirit of resilience, the parliament would temporarily sit at the Nuku'alofa based convention centre.

The now destroyed parliament had been used since 1892 and was in the past also used as a judicial court house.

The next session of parliament is set to begin on March 5.

Meanwhile power has been restored to the capital Nuku'alofa with other districts across the island being restored in the coming days.

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