SPECULATION ABOUT TONGA'S CROWN PRINCE'S MARRYING

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 4, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Tonga's 50-year old Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, who has said he will probably never marry, is being considered for a political alliance with a powerful Samoan chief.

The monthly Matangi Tonga magazine has speculated that Tupouto‘a might marry Samoa's Minister of Education, Fiame Naomi.

Her late father, Mata‘afa Mulinu‘u II, was Samoa's founding Prime Minister in 1962.

In Polynesian terms, he and now his daughter, are considered royalty in Samoa.

The royal families of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji have often intermarried.

Tupouto'a and Fiame were best man and bridesmaid at a royal wedding last month in Tonga.

Was this a rehearsal or a sign of things to come, asked the magazine, with a picture of the two hand-in-hand.

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