23 Nov 2016

Tonga's struggling government assessment

From , 6:04 am on 23 November 2016

Tonga's democratically elected government, the first in its history, is now two years into a four year term, but it remains concerned at its ability to implement its programme.

Most recently the Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, said that real change as a result of his government's reforms, is yet to eventuate.

He has also talked about being hamstrung by some senior officers being appointed by the Privy Council rather than the government.

Dr Sitiveni Halapua, an academic and former close colleague of Mr Pohiva in the previous parliament, spoke to Don Wiseman, who asked him why the government seems to be struggling.

The Tongan parliament buildings

The Tongan parliament buildings Photo: Tonga Parliament