Parliament of Tonga closes session for 2011.
20 October 2011
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will officially close the formal business of Parliament today, and concluding a four-month session of the House, since its last State Opening on June 2.
The Closing of Parliament this year, will not have the usual ceremonial procession of His Majesty The King from the Royal Palace to the House, and parade of school children, instead its closing ceremony will be a soft session to wrap up this parliamentary calendar.
Every year, the Address from the Throne, normally delivered by His Majesty King George Tupou V who graciously honours the State Opening and Closing of Parliament, will be read out by Their Lordships, the Lord Vaea, Lord Ma'afu Tukui'aulahi and Lord Fakafanua, in the presence of the Lord Speaker and Members of the House.
The Speech from the Throne set s forth some detail of the government's view of the condition that the country was in since the last session and an indication of what bills it successfully brought forward. Furthermore, the Speech will also outline the Government's proposed policies and legislation for the coming session.
This year, has seen the first parliamentary session for the newly democratic elected government since January 2011. Among the recent achievements of the House have been the passing of bills for amending the Remuneration Authority, the Retirement Fund Board and legislation for the Appropriation of Money.
During this parliamentary session, a new Member of Parliament, Mr Falisi Tupou of Tatakamotonga was re-elected by writ of elections as new People's Representative for the Tongatapu 9 constituency to replace a seat vacated by Mr Kaveinga Fa'anunu who died from a terminal illness, while still serving in office.
It is scheduled that The House may reopen its next session early next year in February 2012.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.