PM-elect claims Edwards’ attack against proposed gov’t is retaliation after rejecting proposal to elect Dr Viliami Lātū as Cabinet minister

Kuo fakahā ‘e he Palēmia Fili’ ki he Kaniva’ ‘oku’ ne tui ko ha feinga ke sāuni ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala ‘ikai mo’oni mo e natula fakangalikovi’i kuo fai ange ‘e loea Williams Clive Edwards Snr kiate ia mo ‘ene Paati ‘A e Kakai’. Pehē ‘e Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa ‘oku ne mahalo ko e mamahi ‘eni ‘a Edwards ‘iate ia hili ‘a e ‘ikai ke ne fili ‘a hono hoa ngāue ko Dr Viliami Lātū ke hoko ko ha minisitā kapineti mei tu’a ‘i Fale Alea. Pehē ‘e Tu’i’onetoa’ ne toutou fakahā ange kiate ia ‘a e kole mei a Edwards ke ne fili ‘a Dr Lātū. Ka na’e ‘ikai ke ne fili ‘a Dr Lātū he na’a’ ne fiema’u ‘e ia ke fili ha taha ‘oku ‘i ai ha’ane taukei he Potungāue Mo’ui pea ne fili ai ‘a Dr ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu. Na’e kau he ngaahi tukuaki'i ‘a Edwards ‘i ha’ana polokalama vitio mo Teisina Fuko e pehe ne 'ikai ke fai pau ‘a Tu’i’onetoa ki ha’anau fepalomesi'aki tokua mo e hou'eiki nōpele fekau’aki mo e tokolahi 'o e kau fakafofonga Fale Alea ke fakakau ‘e Pohiva ki he kapineti fo’ou’. Na'e toe tukuaki'i ‘e Edwards kuo movete Paati 'a e Kakai pea ‘oku ta’efe’unga ‘a Tu’i’onetoa ke palēmia. Na’e toe pehē ‘e Tu’i’onetoa ‘oku kei lele lelei pe ‘ene pāti’ pea ‘oku ngāue ‘ene kau loea’ ke faka’ilo ‘a Edwards ki he ngaahi tukuaki’i ta’emo’oni kuo fai ange’.

Prime Minister-elect Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa believes allegations that his proposed cabinet was in disarray and had collapsed were an attempt at revenge by lawyer William Clive Edwards after he declined a request to make his business partner a Cabinet minister.   Hon. Tu’i’onetoa denied the allegations and said he was repeatedly told  Edwards wanted Dr Viliami…


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