Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva unveils cabinet lineup

    Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva has named his cabinet ministers for the next four years this afternoon.

    Newly elected independent MP Siaosi Sovaleni has been chosen as Deputy Prime Minister.

    The release of the new cabinet line up came amid  public speculating who in the independent bloc and the nobility voted for ʻAkilisi in the secret ballots on Monday in a Special Parliamentary Meeting to elect the Prime Minister.

    Spokesperson Dr. Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa said it was difficult for the Democratic Party to say who voted for ʻAkilisi in the premiership election.

    “I cannot say who voted for ‘Akilisi because it was a secret ballot. But you can tell it from the names of those who have been elected to become ministers because that was what we agreed to with those independent MPs and I trust that ‘Akilisi will keep to his promise,” Hon Dr. Tu’i’onetoa told Kaniva News this afternoon before PM Pōhiva announced his cabinet ministers.

    The new cabinet lineup shows that five elected independents might have voted for ‘Akilisi. They were MP Siaosi Sovaleni (Tongatapu 3), MP Poasi Tei (Tongatapu 7), MP Sōsefo Fe’ao Vakatā (Niua 17), MP Saia Piukala (Vava’u 14), MP ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu (Vava’u 16)  and Lord Ma’afu.

    Since PM Pōhiva and his Democratic Party already had 10 MPs in place before the election and he won the premiership by 15 votes it appeared the five MPs they needed so they could have the number to form the government may have come from the independent elected MPs only.

    Lord Maʻafu could have been only elected as one of the cabinet ministers because Tongan constitution  stipulates that a minister for Land and Survey portfolios must be from one of the king’s nobility.

    1. Hon. Samiuela  ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, Prime Minister and minister for:
    • Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Education and Training
    1. Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister and minister for:
    • Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster, Management and Meteorology, Information and Communication
    1. Lord Maʻafu, minister for:
    • Lands, Survey and Natural Resources
    • Tonga Defense Services
    1. Hon. Dr Saia Maʻu Piukala, minister for:
    • Health
    1. Hon. Dr Aisake Valu ‘Eke, minister for:
    • Finance
    • National Planning
    1. Hon. Dr Pohiva Tuionetoa, minister for:
    • Police, Fire Services and Prison
    • Tourism
    • Labour and Commerce
    1. Hon. Semisi Fakahau, minister for:
    • Forestry, Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
    1. Hon. Sione Vuna Fāʻotusia, minister for:
    • Justice and Law
    1. Hon. Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu, minister for:
    • Infrastructure
    • Works
    1. Hon. Sōsefo  Feʻao Vakatā, minister for:
    • Internal Affairs, Women, Culture, Youth
    • Sports
    1. Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, minister for:
    • Public Enterprises
    1. Hon. Tēvita Lavemaau, minister for:
    • Revenue and Customs

    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo fakahingoa ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmiá Samiuela ʻAkilisi Pōhiva ʻa ʻene kapineti ki he taʻu ʻe fā ka hoko mai ʻi he hoʻatā efiafi ʻo e ʻaho ní.

      Kuo ne fili ʻa e Fakafofonga Fale Alea foʻou ko Siaosi Sovaleni ke ne hoko ko e Tokoni Palēmia.
      Ko hono tuku ange mai ʻeni ʻo e kapineti foʻoú ʻi he uhouhonga e fakamahamahalo ʻa e kakaí ko hai ko ā ʻi he kau fakafofonga Tauʻatāiná ne fili kia ʻAkilisi ʻi he pāloti fakapulipuli ʻa e Fale Aleá ke fili ha palēmiá ʻi he ʻaho Mōnité.

      Naʻe fakahā ʻe Dr Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa ki he Kaniva ki muʻa ʻi hono tuku ange mai ʻe he Palēmiá ʻa ʻene kapinetí ʻe faingataʻa ke nau fakahā ko hai ne fili kia ʻAkilisi he naʻe fai fakapulipuli e filí ia.

      Ka naʻá ne fakamahino pe ʻe lava pe ia ke tala ʻe he kakai ko hai ne fili mei he kau Tauʻatāiná kia ʻAkilisi mei he ngaahi hingoa kuo fakanofo ki he ngaahi lakanga minisitaá. Pehē ʻe Tuʻiʻonetoá ko ʻenau aleapau ia mo e niʻihi ko ʻeni ʻe ʻi ai ʻa e ngaahi lakanga moʻo kinautolu pea ʻoku ne tui ʻe faipau pe ʻa ʻAkilisi ki heʻene palōmesí.

      ʻOku mahino leva ʻi he ngaahi hingoa kuo tuku mai ko e toko nima mei he Tauʻatāiná ne fili kia ʻAkilisi ngalingali ko Siaosi Sovaleni (Tongatapu 3), MP Poasi Tei (Tongatapu 7), MP Fe’ao Vakatā (Niua 17), MP Saia Piukala (Vava’u 14) mo ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu (Vava’u 16) pehē kia Looti Ma’afu.

      Ka ʻoku mahino foki ko e toko 10 ne ‘osi ma’u ia ‘e he Paati Temokalati pea ‘i he mahino ne ikuna’aki ‘e ‘Akilisi e fili e fo’i vouti ‘e 15 ‘oku ngali ko e toko nima kotoa pe ia mei he kau Tau’ataina ‘a ‘eni kuo ‘oange honau lakanga minisitaa.

      ʻOku teka leva heni ‘a e fo’i fika ‘e taha mei he kau hu atu mei tu’a ki ha kapineti ‘a ia ko Looti Ma’afu he ‘o ka lau ia ‘e ‘alu hake kau vouti ia kia ‘Akilisi ‘o 16 ia. ‘Oku matamata leva ko hono fili ʻo Looti Maʻafu ia ke minisitā fonuá ne makatuʻunga pe ia ʻi he fakahinohino ʻa e lao ʻo Tongá ʻa ia ko ha minisitā ki he Potungaue Fonua mo e Saveá ʻe pau ke fili pe ia mei he houʻeiki nōpele ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió.

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