Election for new PM “a cart before the horse,” “undemocratic” and “unjust” says professor

    Kuo fakaanga'i lahi 'a e fili palēmia fo'ou 'a Tonga' koe'uhī ko hono fakahoko 'ikai ha fakafofonga Fale Alea ma'a Tongatapu 1. Ko e fakaanga ko 'eni' 'oku fai ia ki he konisitūtone' pea mo e faka'uhinga fakalao 'a e Sea Fale Alea'. 'Oku pehē 'e he kau fakaanga' 'oku ta'efakatemokalati, ta'efakamaautotonu, ta'efakamōlale mo ta'efakaako 'a e fili' ni 'i hono fakahoko pehe'i'. Kae fakatatau ki he konisitutone ko e mafai ki hono uki 'o ha fili palēmia' mo ha fili si'i ke fili ai ha fakafofonga ke ne fetongi 'a 'Akilisi Pōhiva kuo' ne pekia' 'oku 'i he mafai pe ia e Sea 'o e Fale Alea'. 'Oku 'ikai ke tuhu'i mai 'e he konisitūtone' ha taimi pau ke fakahoko ai 'a e fili si'i' ngata pe 'i hono fakalea ke fakahoko leva 'e he Sea' hano talaki 'a e fili si'i ka 'ikai ha fakafofonga 'o ha vāhenga. A ia 'e pau ke fakahū atu 'e he Sea Fale Alea' 'a e tu'utu'uni fakalao ke fakahoko 'a e fili si'i' pea ke na talatalaifale mo e Komisoni Fili' ki ha 'aho mo e feitu'u ke fakahoko ai 'a e fili si'i'. Kuo pehē mei Fale Alea ko e tu'utu'uni ki he fili 'o e palēmia fo'ou kuo talaki mai ko e fai ia 'e he Sea' 'o fakatatau pe ki he konisitūtone'.

    Scholars and legal experts have criticised the constitution and said the election of a Prime Minister without holding a by-election to elect a Tongatapu 1 constituency MP first was wrong. They have described the incident as undemocratic, unjust, uneducational, illegal and immoral. Parliament said in a statement on Friday that the decision by the Speaker…


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