Pōhiva’s meeting with King a “great opportunity,” but HM wants political boundaries to be respected

    His Majesty King Tupou VI met with Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pōhiva in a meeting described as a “great opportunity” at the start of Mr Pōhiva’s four year premiership.

    The Prime Minister said His Majesty wanted to make sure the boundaries of the executive bodies’ responsibilities were clearly defined and that they would not be overstepped.

    Mr Pōhiva said the King wanted the cabinet to inform him once they came across any issues relating to His powers that might interfere with the smooth running of the new government.

    Pōhiva said the king had raised the issue because when the last government was in power there were times when the Cabinet and the Privy Council overstepped each other and intruded into areas that were His Majesty’s responsibility.

    He said the King did not want these problems to happen again.

    In his first Cabinet meeting with his ministers on Monday, Mr Pōhiva reiterated His Majesty’s concerns and said it was important for the Cabinet to follow the guidelines regarding areas of responsibility.

    Privy Council and Cabinet

    Changes to the Tongan constitution made before the introduction of democracy in 2010 saw the King relinquish some of his powers, allowing the election of the 26 member Legislative Assembly.

    However, His Majesty retains some of the fundamental powers laid down by the Tongan constitution such as the right to reject any laws passed by the Legislative Assembly and submitted to him for approval.

    No law passed by the government is legitimate unless the king signs the legislation.

    His Majesty remains Commander-in-Chief of the Tonga Defence Force and has the power to proclaim martial law over any part or over the whole of the country.

    The government’s day-to-day matters are guided by an executive body controlled by the Prime Minister.

    The Privy Council includes appointed law lords whose responsibility is to advise the king on certain decision making process according to his constitutional rights.

    Pōhiva said an example of the problems that could occur was when His Majesty ordered the Privy Council to investigate the issuing of Tongan passports, but this was not done because of cabinet intervention.

    “The Cabinet and the Privy Council were in a rift, that was how it appeared to us when it happened,” Pohiva said.

    The Prime Minister said he understood that the King did not want this kind of incident to happen again.

    The main points

    • His Majesty King Tupou VI wants the boundaries of responsibility between the Cabinet, Privy Council and himself to be clear under the new government.
    • The kingdom’s new Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said after a meeting with His Majesty that the King did not want a repeat of certain incidents that occurred under the previous government.
    • Pohiva described the meeting at the start of his four year premiership as “a great opportunity.”
    • Pohiva met with the new Cabinet for the first time on Monday.

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    1. Ko e fua fakataha ko ia ʻo fefolofolai ʻa e Palēmiá, ʻAkilisi Pōhiva pea mo ʻEne ʻAfió Kingi Tupou VI kuo fakamatalaʻi ʻo pehē ko ha mātuʻaki faingamālie lahi ki hono kamataʻi e taʻu ʻe fā atu ko ʻeni ʻe hoko ai ʻa Pōhiva ki he lakanga palēmiá.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe he Palēmiá ne fiemaʻu ʻE Heʻene ʻAfió ke fakapapauʻi ʻa e ngaahi ngatangataʻanga ʻo e ngaahi mafai pulé pea fakapapauʻi ʻe ʻikai ha fehopokaki ʻia kinautolu kae muʻaki hake ke fakaʻapaʻapaʻi foki.

      Pehē ʻe Pōhivá ko e finangalo ia e Tuʻí ko e taimi pe ko ē kuo hoko ai ha ngaahi ʻīsiu ʻoku kaunga ki ai hono mafaí ka ʻoku pehē ʻe he kapinetí ʻoku tatūsia ai e lele lelei ʻa e puleʻanga foʻou pea nau fakataufolofola ange ke nau fakataha leva ki ai.

      Pehē ʻe Pōhivá naʻe ʻohake ʻeni ʻe he Tuʻí koeʻuhī ko e taimi ko ē ne puleʻanga ai ʻa e puleʻanga ne toki ʻosí naʻe ʻi ai e taimi ne fetōʻaki ai e Kapinetī mo e Fakataha Tokoní pea ne ʻasi ne hope atu ia ki he ngaahi ʻēlia ko e ngaahi fatongia ia ʻo ʻEne ʻAfioó.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe Pōhivá ne fakaʻamu e Tuʻí ke ʻoua muʻa naʻa toe hoko e ngaahi meʻa ko ʻení.

      ʻI heʻene ʻuluaki fakataha Kapineti mo ʻene kau minisitaá ʻi he Mōnité naʻe fakamamafaʻi ʻe Pōhiva ki heʻene Kapinetí ʻa e mahuʻinga ke nau muiaki e ngaahi tākiekina ʻokú ne huluhulu e ngaahi fatongia takitaha ʻi he puleʻangá.

      Ko e ngaahi liliu ko ē ki he konititūtone ʻa Tongá ki muʻa he kamata e pule fakatemokālatí he 2010 ne mahino ai hono tuku ange ʻe he Tuʻí ʻa e niʻihi hono ngaahi mafaí, kau ai hono fakaʻatā ke fili ʻe he kakaí e kau mēmipa ʻe toko 26 ʻo e Fale Aleá.

      Neongo iá ʻoku kei maʻu pē ʻe Heʻene ʻAfió ʻa e ngaahi mafai tefito ʻoku fakamahino ʻe he konisitūtoné hangē ko e mafai ki hono fakafisingaʻi ha ngaahi lao kuo paasi ʻe he Fale Aleá pea fakahū atu ki Heʻene ʻAfió ke fakamoʻoni huafa ki ai.

      ʻE ʻikai ha lao ʻe paasi ʻe he puleʻanga ʻe lau kuo hoko ko e lao ʻo ka ʻikai fakamoʻoni ki ai e tuʻí.

      ʻOku kei hoko pe ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió ko e Komanitā Pule ia ʻi he Taumaluʻi Fonua ʻa Tongá pea kei maʻu pe mafai ki hono fanongonongo hano ngāueʻaki e lao fakakautaú ʻi ha konga pe fonuá fakakātoa.

      Ko hono fakalele fakaʻaho e puleʻangá ʻoku tataki ia ʻe he sino pule ʻoku puleʻi ia ʻe he Palēmiá.

      Ko e Fakataha Tokoní ʻoku ʻi ai ha kau ʻeiki lao fakanofo ʻe he Tuʻí pea ko honau fatongiá ke faleʻi e tuʻí ʻi ha ngaahi faituʻutuʻuni pau fakatatau ki heʻene ngaahi totonu fakakonisitūtoné.

      Naʻe fakatātāʻaki ʻe Pōhiva ha ngaahi palopalema ne hoko he ongo mafai pule ʻení ʻo hange ko ha tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e tuʻí ki he Fakataha Tokoní ke fakatotoloʻi e paasipooti Tongá ka ne ʻikai fakahoko ʻeni koeʻuhī ko hano ʻikai tali ia ʻe he kapinetí.

      ʻI he meʻa ʻa Pōhivá ne ne pehē ne kiʻi fetōʻaki heni ʻa e Fakataha Tokoní mo e Kapinetí ʻi he anga ʻenau vakai atu mei tuʻa ki he meʻa ne hokó.

      Naʻá ne meʻa ʻo pehē fakatatau ki heʻena fakataha mo ʻene ʻAfió ʻoku fakaʻamu e Tuʻí ke ʻoua muʻa ʻe toe hoko ha meʻa pehē ʻi he puleʻanga foʻou ko ʻení.

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