King officially appoints MP Ma’asi as Minister, Dr Puloka as Ha’apai governor

    Fakamo'oni huafa e tu'i' ke hoko 'a Losaline Ma'asi ko e Minisitā ki he Ngaahi Ngāue Fakalotofonua' kae hoko 'a Dr Mohenoa Puloka ko e kōvana ia 'o Ha'apai'.

    His Majesty King Tupou VI has officially appointed MP Losaline Ma’asi as Minister of Internal Affairs and Sports.

    He also appointed Reverend Dr Mohenoa Puloka as the Governor of Ha’apai.

    The appointments were effective from June 21, according to the Prime Minister’s spokesperson Lōpeti Senituli.

    “Yes. The Prime Minister’s Office has received advice from the Lord Privy Seal, Viliami Malolo, that His Majesty has appointed Rev Dr Tēvita Mohenoa Puloka as Governor of Ha’apai.

    “In addition the Lord Privy Seal had also advised that His Majesty has appointed Hon Losaline Ma’asi as Minister for Internal Affairs effective from 21 June 2018,” Senituli told Kaniva News this morning.

    Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva nominated Rev Dr Mohenoa Puloka to become the Ha’apai governor in April.

    About a month later Hon Pōhiva also nominated MP Mā’asi as a Cabinet minister.

    MP Ma’asi replaced MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu who was forced to resign after she and her husband ‘Etuate Lavulavu were charged with three counts each of knowingly dealing with forged documents and three counts of obtaining credit by false pretences.

    They appeared in court last month.

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