Voters from outer islands queue up to enter their designated polling place during Tonga’s general election on November 18. Photo: AFP
Voters from outer islands queue up to enter their designated polling place during Tonga’s general election on November 18. Photo: AFP

Tonga appoints Siaosi Sovaleni as prime minister, nearly a month after election

  • The Oxford-educated PM defeated his only rival, Aisake Eke, in a secret parliamentary ballot to lead the Pacific nation of 106,000
  • Ahead of the November 18 election, King Tupou VI highlighted the country’s challenges including drug abuse, climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic

Topic |   Pacific nations
Voters from outer islands queue up to enter their designated polling place during Tonga’s general election on November 18. Photo: AFP
Voters from outer islands queue up to enter their designated polling place during Tonga’s general election on November 18. Photo: AFP
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