2010 Tongan Legislative Assembly

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The 2010 Tongan Legislative Assembly is the current term of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. Its composition was determined by the 2010 elections, the first under a new system which saw the majority of seats elected by universal suffrage.[1] The Taimi Media Network described it as "Tonga's first democratically elected Parliament".[2]

The Speaker of the 2010 Assembly was Lord Lasike,[3] until he lost his seat in Parliament on 18 July 2012, following conviction for illicit ammunitions ownership. He was replaced as Speaker by Lord Fakafanua.[4] The Deputy Speaker was initially Lord Tuʻiʻafitu,[3] until he was appointed Minister for Health on 2 July 2012, whereupon he was replaced by Lord Tu'iha'teiho.[5]

Initial party standings[edit]

e • d Summary of the 25 November 2010 Tongan Legislative Assembly election results[dubious ]
Parties Votes % Seats
Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands 10,953 28.49 12
Independents 25,873 67.30 5
People's Democratic Party 934 2.43 0
Sustainable Nation-Building Party 519 1.35 0
Tongan Democratic Labor Party 168 0.44 0
Noble representatives 54 9
Total 38,447 100.00 26
Source: Matangi Tonga


Initial MPs[edit]

Name Party Electorate Term
ʻAkilisi Pohiva DPFI Tongatapu 1 Ninth
Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika DPFI Tongatapu 2 First
Sitiveni Halapua DPFI Tongatapu 3 First
'Isileli Pulu DPFI Tongatapu 4 Fourth
'Aisake Valu Eke Independent Tongatapu 5 First
Siosifa Tu'itupou Tu'utafaiva DPFI Tongatapu 6 First
Sione Sangster Saulala DPFI Tongatapu 7 First
P. Sione Havea Taione DPFI Tongatapu 8 First
Kaveinga Fa'anunu DPFI Tongatapu 9 First
Semisi Palu 'Ifoni Tapueluelu DPFI Tongatapu 10 First
Sunia Fili Independent ʻEua 11 Fifth
Mo'ale Finau DPFI Haʻapai 12 First
'Uliti Uata DPFI Haʻapai 13 Eighth
Lisiate 'Akolo Independent Vavaʻu 14 Third
Samiu Vaipulu Independent Vavaʻu 15 Seventh
Viliami Uasike Latu Independent Vavaʻu 16 First
Sosefo Fe'aomoeata Vakata DPFI Ongo Niua 17 First
Hon. Tuʻivakanō Independent Tongatapu Noble 1 Sixth
Hon. Maʻafu Independent Tongatapu Noble 2 Second
Hon. Vaea Independent Tongatapu Noble 3 First
Hon. Tuʻilakepa Independent Vavaʻu Noble 2 Fourth
Hon. Tu'i'afitu Independent Vavaʻu Noble 1 First
Hon. Lasike Independent ʻEua Noble Third
Hon. Fusitu'a Independent Niuas Noble First?
Hon. Tu'iha'teiho Independent Haʻapai Noble 1 Third
Hon. Fakafanua Independent Haʻapai Noble 2 Second

Summary of changes[edit]


  1. ^ Agence France-Presse (24 November 2010). "Tonga set for landmark vote". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Absence of PM from opening of Parliament questioned", Taimi Media Network, 9 June 2011
  3. ^ a b "Tonga parliament chooses Lasike as speaker". Radio New Zealand International. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Tonga names new Speaker after Lord Lasike barred from Parliament". Radio New Zealand International. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Former Deputy Speaker appointed as Minister for Health", Office of the Prime Minister of Tonga, 2 July 2012
  6. ^ "Hon. Fe'ao Vakata, Youth, Sports & Training Minister", Tongan government portal, 17 January 2011
  7. ^ "Tongatapu MP dies". Matangi Tonga. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Tongatapu 9 MP died". Parliament of Tonga. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  9. ^ "Falisi Tupou new Tongatapu 9 PR", Matangi Tonga, 15 September 2011
  10. ^ "Democratic Party wins Tongan by-election", ABC Radio Australia, 15 September 2011
  11. ^ "Tonga Speaker barred from Parliament following conviction", Radio New Zealand International, 18 July 2012
  12. ^ "Lasike loses his job in parliament", Matangi Tonga, 18 July 2012
  13. ^ "Lord Nuku chosen by Tonga's nobility to replace convicted Lord Lasike". Radio New Zealand International. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  14. ^ "Lord Fusitu'a takes father's seat", Matangi Tonga, 22 May 2014