Lord Tu'ivakano elected Tonga's Prime Minister Designate

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21 December 2010  The twenty six newly-elected members of Tonga's new Legislature have unanimously elected in a secret ballot,  noble and Former Speaker of Tonga's Parliament (2002-2004) Lord Tu'ivakano to be Tonga's next Prime Minister for the next four years. Lord Tu'ivakano won the Premiership by two votes with 14-12 votes against Tonga's longest-standing advocate of political reform and pro-democratic movement, Mr ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

The results of the Prime Minister Election was being presented to His Majesty King George Tupou V today at the Villa by the Interim Speaker, Lord Tupou, accompanied by the Legislative Assembly's Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Sione Tekiteki and Tonga's Acting Attorney General, Mr. Maamaloa Fotofili, moments before the announcement of the new Prime Minister Designate was made public at the House of Parliament and broadcasted live nationwide on Radio Tonga.

This jubilant victory of Lord Tu'ivakano, (2002-2004), marks a historic and symbolic win for the first ever democratic election, highlighting a major milestone in Tonga's political future, where for the first time in history, the members of Tonga's parliament has elected its own prime minister.

The Interim Speaker also announced that His Majesty's will formalize Lord Tu'ivakano's appointment as Tonga's Prime Minister this Wednesday, 22, December, 2010.

Lord Tu'ivakano has been a member of the Legislative Assembly since 1996 and during his term as Speaker of the House, he introduced many reforms to the Legislative Assembly, including revising and updating the Standing Orders of the House, restructuring the office of the Legislative Assembly and bringing about reforms to the parliamentarian pensions scheme to align with other Commonwealth countries.

The Lord Tu'ivakano, is currently holds the portfolio of Minister for Training, Education, Youth and Sports,  in the interim government, a ministerial position he has filled since 2006.  Prior to this, he was Minister for Works in 2005.

He was educated at Tonga High School from 1960-63 before proceeding to New Zealand's Wesley College in 1964 and Ardmore Teachers College in 1975, and upon returning to Tonga he led the Physical Education Department in the Ministry of Education.

In 1988-91 he attended Flinders University in South Australia where he graduated with an Honours degree in Political Science.

Siale'ataongo Tu'ivakano has been appointed to the hereditary title of Tu'ivakano since 1986, the estate noble for the Western district villages of Nukunuku, Matafonua, Fatai, Matahau, Vaotu'u.

The Lord Tu'ivakano is direct descendant of Tonga's seventh Prime Minister, the Late Hon. T.P. Tu'ivakano and of former Speaker of the House, the Late Hon. Sosiua Tu'ivakano.

Lord Tu'ivakano will replace Tonga's previous Prime Minister. the Dr. Hon. Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.

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