Acting Speaker makes u-turn, saying no gov’t bills to “remove” king’s power after government’s plan to take legal action against him

Faka’ohovale me’a Sea Le’ole’o' Looti Tu'ilakepa ‘i Fale Alea pehē ko e lao fakaangaanga lelei pe ia ne fakahū ange ‘e he pule’anga’ pea’ ne ‘ikai ha lao ia ai ke to’o e mafai ‘o e tu’i. Ko e konga ‘eni ‘a hono lekooti hangatonu ‘ene ngaahi me’a’: “Te’eki ke ‘asi ‘i Fale ni te u fakahoko atu kia moutolu Hou’eiki ‘oku te’eki ke tau ’asi ‘i Fale ni ha Lao he Lao ko eni ‘o pehē ha Mēmipa na’e liliu ‘a e mafai e Tu’í. Te’eki ke ‘asi ia. Ko e ‘asi ia mei he talanoa telefoni ko ē na’e kamata he consultation ko ē ‘a e Pule’angá ‘a ia ko e talk back ‘i he telefoni ‘o ‘alu aipē ia ‘o hangē ha fo’i mo’oni’i me’a ‘a e fakakaukau ko iá. Na’a’ ne toe hahanu foki ‘i Fale Alea he mahino kuo kamata e ngāue ki hono faka’ilo ia ‘i he tui ‘a e pule’anga’ oku ta’e fakakonisitūtone ‘a hono lakanga ko e Sea Le’ole’o ‘o e Fale Alea’. Ko ‘ene me’a ‘eni: “‘Ka ke fakamolemole pē ki he Feitu'ú na ko e hā koā e me’a ‘oku mou to e ‘ai ai ke tau to e ō ‘o fakatonutonu ‘oku ‘ikai ke ‘i ai ha pa’anga ‘e mole he fonua ni. Kapau na’e ‘i ai ha’aku tu’utu’uni ‘o mole ha pa’anga e fonua ni pea ‘oku totonu pasika pea ‘oku totonu ke ‘ave e motu’a ni. Ko e tu’utu’uni fakangaue pē ia.

The Acting Speaker, Lord Tu’ilakepa, has shifted his tone this week after he said no bill had been submitted to parliament by any MP to remove the king’s powers. He said it was an opinion raised during the government’s consultation talkback show early this year to discuss the six new bills the government said were…


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