Lord Sevele defends his idea to move A-G to Privy Council

NUKU’ALOFA, 20 APRIL 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Former Prime Minister of Tonga who was behind the controversial 2010 constitution has defended his idea to remove the Attorney General from Cabinet and attached the position to the Privy Council.

The political and legal post was in Cabinet before a draft report submitted to Parliament by the Lord Sevele ‘O Vailahi government became the basis of Tonga’s new constitution in 2010.

Lord Sevele, who was Prime Minister of Tonga in 2006 – 2010, defended the decision to move the post during a Press Conference at the Tonga National Centre in Tofoa.

He told the conference it was his Cabinet’s idea to move the Attorney General from the “politicians” because the post was “sensitive.”

In justifying his idea, he told the conference to look at what was happening to the current government.

“They fired those directors, they fired those people.”

He said that the behaviour of the government was inappropriate as it affected the dignity associated with those posts.

He said it also affected those who were being sacked because these posts were “sensitive” to the operation of the government and the nation.

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