Today, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Lord Fakafanua, issued invitations to all elected Representatives of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, calling for submission of nominations of an elected Representative to the Legislative Assembly as a candidate for Prime Minister Designate. The invitation was issued following the passing of the Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga on 12 September 2019, which has resulted in a vacancy in the position. The Constitution of Tonga requires the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to invite nominations of candidates for the Prime Minister Designate and to conduct the meeting to elect the same, in accordance with procedures and timelines expressly provided in the Constitution.
Kuo ʻoatu ʻi he ʻahó ni ʻe he ‘Eiki Sea ʻo e Fale Alea ʻo Tongá, Lord Fakafanua, ʻa e fakaafe ki he kotoa ʻo e Houʻeiki Fakafofonga Fale Alea filí ke nau fakahū mai haʻanau fokotuʻu ʻo ha Fakafofonga Fale Alea kuo fili ke ne hoko ko ha kanititeiti ki he teu fili ʻo e Palēmia Filí. ‘Oku makatu’unga hono fakahoko ‘o e fili Palēmiá ni ‘i he ‘atā ‘a e lakangá ni ‘i he pekia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tongá, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva ‘i he ‘aho 12 ‘o Sepitema, 2019. ‘Oku tu’utu’uni ‘e he Konisitūtoné ke fakahoko ‘e he Sea ‘o e Fale Aleá ‘a e fatongia hono ui mo tataki ‘o e ngāué ni ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi tu’utu’uni mo e taimi kuo fakahā pau ‘i he Konisitūtoné.