Opinion: The standoff between Tonga’s King and government

King Tupou VI of Tonga

Tonga: Early last week, the Secretary of Tonga’s Privy Council wrote to the Chief Secretary (Secretary to Cabinet and to the Prime Minister), saying: “I have the honour to inform you that His Majesty in Council’s Decision PC17/2024, approved by circulation of 2 Feb 2024, was … pleased by and with the advice of the Privy Council to withdraw His confidence and consent to the appointment of Hon. Hu’akavameliku [the hereditary title of Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni] as Minister for His Majesty’s Armed Forces and … to the appointment of Hon. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu as Minister . . .

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