31 Dec 2010

Tonga PM appoints ordinary citizen as deputy

1:29 pm on 31 December 2010

The Tongan Prime Minister, who is a noble, has appointed an ordinary citizen as deputy prime minister.

Lord Tu'ivakano says he has selected two members of the nobility and nine ordinary people, or commoners, for the cabinet so far.

Former Minister of Justice, Samiu Vaipulu, will be deputy prime minister.

The leader of the Democratic Party Group, Akilisi Pohiva, has been appointed Minister of Health.

His fellow party member, Isileli Pulu, is the Labour and Commerce Minister.

As required by law, a noble is the Minister of Lands, Lord Ma'afu, while the Agriculture Minister is Lord Vaea.

The Prime Minister says he is bringing Clive Edwards in as Minister of Public Enterprise and Revenue.

Lord Tu'ivakano says he may also appoint deputy or associate ministers.