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Former Tonga DPM denies claims he was involved
7:15 pm GMT+12, 06/09/2017, Tonga

Former Tongan deputy Prime Minister, Siaosi Sovaleni told the media here in Tonga that he was never involved in the plot to request His Majesty King Tupou VI to dissolve Parliament.
 
In a statement he read out, Sovaleni said, “I would like to strongly deny the rumours that I was involved in any efforts to dissolve Tonga's Parliament at any point in time."
 
"There is absolutely no truth to that rumour," he said.
 
"I always committed the best of my abilities, dedication and loyalty to the Kingdom and to serving the people," he added.
 
That statement contradicts claims made by caretaker Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, who recommended to King Tupou VI that Hon Sovaleni and Finance Minister Tevita Lavemaau be sacked from Cabinet.
 
PM Pohiva said the two had prior knowledge of the King' action and did not tell him or Cabinet.
 
Meanwhile, Sovaleni thanked the PM for his trust and faith in him to be a part of Cabinet.
 
He also thanked the CEO of MEIDECC, Foreign Affairs, fellow Ministers, MEIDECC staff, church leaders, diplomats, community leaders and members of his Tongatapu 3 constituency for their support during his term in Government.
 
He is expected to run again for election in the November poll.

SOURCE: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES/PACNEWS
 


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