Parliament meetings move to new venue

    Hiki e fakataha Fale Alea ki he pa'ake fakataha'anga Fā'onelua 'o kamata 'aho 5 Mā'asi 'o lele ai. 'Oku te'eki mahino ha fokotu'utu'u ki hano toe langa fo'ou 'o e Fale Alea hili 'eni hono holoki 'e saikolone Kita 'i he Tūsite 'aho 13 'o Fepueli. Ko e talu 'eni 'e tu'u 'a e Fale Alea motu'a mei he ta'u 1892.

    The Parliament meetings will be held at the Fā’onelua Convention centre after the historic legislative assembly building was destructed during Tropical Cyclone Gita.

    Government said around half the houses on Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu have been destroyed or damaged by the cyclone.

    The Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafanua, made the announcement yesterday 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 part of it was in the past used as a judicial court house.

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

    As Kaniva News reported last week, Parliament needed a place to meet so MPs can process bills and laws that were required for the government’s 2018-2019 budget.

    Cyclone Gita is expected to plough its way through New Zealand in the coming days.

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