STATEMENT FOR GENERAL DEBATE
146th IPU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF TONGA
12 March 2023- MANAMA, BAHRAIN
Lord Fakafanua has been elected to the Board of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Forum of Young Parliamentarians (Forum). This is a historical moment for Tonga as this is the first time that a Member from the Parliaments of the South Pacific has been elected to the Board of the IPU’s Forum of Young Parliamentarians. The Forum of Young Parliamentarians is steered by a Board composed of 12 people—one man and one woman from each of the IPU’s six geopolitical groups (African Group, Arab Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean, Twelve Plus Group and the Asian Pacific Group)—who in turn elect a president. Both the Board and the President of the Forum are re-elected every two years.
CLARIFICATION OF SALARY PAYMENTS FROM THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TO THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR TONGATAPU 10 WHILST HE IS ABSENT FROM MEETINGS OF THE ASSEMBLY