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FORMER Speaker and Noble Representative of the Niuas has passed away at his residence at Kolomotu’a last Thursday, April 24th, 2014.

Lord Fusitu’a (87) is the oldest sitting member of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.

He served as the Acting Speaker of Parliament in 1990 before he was appointed Speaker of the House for three terms from 1991-1998.

Late Lord Fusitu’a first entered politics in 1981.

He is the noble estate holder of Faletanu and Ma’ofanga in Niuafo’ou.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the family says his funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd.

THE mindset and culture around election campaigning and entering into politics needs to be changed so voters understand when a candidate is elected into Parliament, it is not about paying their bills.

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, ‘Alisi Taumoepeau made the remarks when spoke to 30 members of the first ever Practice Parliament for Women in Tonga during their orientation programme at Fa’onelua Convention Centre yesterday.

‘Alisi told participants that running for Parliament is not paying voters’ bills, instead it is about skills, finess and passion to carry out their parliamentary duty to the people of Tonga.

“BEING the only woman in Parliament is not unique to me,” say the Hon. Minister of Education Dr. ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki when speaking to 30 members of the first ever Practice Parliament for Women in Tonga.

THE actual Practice Parliament for Women in Tonga in a real Parliament setting will take place tomorrow at the Legislative Assembly Chamber.

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