TONGAN NOBLE REFUSES TO SIT IN PARLIAMENT WITH "TERRORISTS"

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NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, November 23) – The Tongan Noble Tu'ipelehake today refused to attend the closure of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, and sat outside in protest against the People's Representatives who, he said, "have used terrorism as a political tool."

A Tongatapu Noble's Representative in the Tongan Parliament , Tu'ipelehake was objecting to allowing of the People's Representatives, 'Akilisi Pohiva, Clive Edwards and Lepolo Taunisila to attend the closure of Parliament.

Following the closure of the House, Noble Tu'ipelehake told journalists at Pangai Si'i that he did not want to be in the House, "together with People's Representatives who have used terrorism as a political tool."

He said that if these people were allowed to come into parliament, "then we might as well invite Bin Laden into the Tongan parliament."

Tu'ipelehake said that he had no other plan of action but he sincerely believed that these members of parliament should not have been allowed into parliament today.

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