The parliamentary seat of the Nobles' Representative of Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou in the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, held by Lord Fusitu'a, is vacant as of yesterday, 6 August 2020. This is by operation of law as per section 7 of the Legislative Assembly Act. The provision requires a Member of Parliament not to be absent from the Assembly for more than 12 consecutive calendar months. If a Member is absent from the Assembly for more than 12 consecutive calendar months, his tenure as a Member shall end and the seat will become vacant. Lord Fusitu'a has been absent from meetings of the Assembly since 5 August 2019.
Nuku’alofa, Tonga (29 May 2020) –In a historical move,- the Legislative Assembly of Tonga has for the first time organized a budget briefing for representatives of Tonga’s civil society organizations (CSO). The briefing was held in recognition of the CSOs’ role as key players within Tonga communities, and the importance of their involvement in the national budget process.
A Special Meeting for the elected Representatives of the Legislative Assembly shall be convened tomorrow, Friday 27th September 2019, at 10 am, at the Parliamentary Chambers of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, to elect the Prime Minister of Tonga.
A six-member mission team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is in Tonga to increase the capacity of the Legislative Assembly secretariat during the parliamentary review of the 2019 budget.