MP Lavulavu says she still supports PM Pōhiva; she finally resigns

MP 'Akosita Lavulavu. Picture: Facebook

NUKU’ALOFA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – The Vava’u 16 MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu told Kaniva News she still supports Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva and PTOA Party despite her forced to resignation in April.

The Prime Minister demanded MP Lavulavu’s resignation as Minister of Internal Affairs after Police charged her and her husband former Minister and MP ‘Etuate Lavulavu with three counts of obtaining by false pretences and three counts of knowingly dealing with forged documents.

MP ‘Akosita refused to resign citing constitutional rights in which she claimed the Prime Minister has no right to dismiss her because of her criminal charges.

In a letter to Pōhiva on 18 June 2018 seen by Kaniva News MP ‘Akosita finally asked the Prime Minister to forgive her.

She said she still stands by the PTOA mission and slogan they used while campaigning during the 2017 snap election – “Te tau tu’u fakataha ka tau ikuna.” (We stand together so that we succeed).

The Prime Minister has appointed MP Losaline Mā’asi to replace her and she has wholeheartedly supported the new Minister.

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