Fatafehi Fakafanua

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Lord
Fakafanua
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
In office
19 July 2012 – 29 December 2014
Preceded by Lord Lasike
Succeeded by Tu'ivakano
Member of Parliament
for Ha‘apai
In office
23 April 2008 – 26 November 2014
Succeeded by Tu'iha'angana
Personal details
Political party none (Nobles' Representative)

Fakafanua, known before ascending to his title as Fatafehi Kinikinilau Lolomana‘ia Fakafanua is a Tongan politician, Lord of the Realm and former Speaker of the Tongan Legislative Assembly. He is the 8th Fakafanua.

He was bestowed with the title Fakafanua, one of the thirty-three hereditary titles of the Tongan nobility, on 24 April 2006.[1] The title is attached to the estates of Ma'ufanga (on Tongatapu), Nga'akau (on Vava'u) and Faleloa (on Ha'apai), and enables its holder to be elected to the Legislative Assembly as a Representative of the Nobility. During the 2008 by-election he was elected as a representative for Ha'apai, the youngest member ever of the Tongan Parliament. He was re-elected in the November 2010 general election.[2]

On 19 July 2012 he was elected Speaker of the Tongan Legislative Assembly following Lord Lasike's removal from office.[3] He was Tonga's youngest ever Speaker.

In 2008, King George Tupou V appointed Fakafanua Commander of the Order of Queen Salote Tupou III.

Personal life[edit]

In 2014 he married Krystal Fane Kite, daughter of Tonga's former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New noble bestowed with title", Pacnews, 27 April 2006
  2. ^ "Lord Fakafanua", Parliament of Tonga
  3. ^ "Tonga names new Speaker after Lord Lasike barred from Parliament". Radio New Zealand International. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-19.