‘Aisake Valu Eke Appointed New Finance Minister In Tonga

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‘Aisake Valu Eke Appointed New Finance Minister In Tonga MP already has over two decades’ worth of experience in ministry

NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Jan. 14, 2014) – Dr ‘Aisake Valu Eke has been appointed as Tonga’s new Minister of Finance and National Planning effective from Friday, 10 January 2014.

King Tupou VI approved Hon. Dr ‘Aisake Eke’s ministerial appointment yesterday, Monday, January 13, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister's Office stated the appointment was pursuant to Clause 51 (2), (3) and (4) of the Constitution.

‘Aisake is the People’s Representative for Tongatapu 5 to the Legislative Assembly of Tonga and a former Secretary for Finance and National Planning with more than 20-years experience working in Government.

He replaces Lisiate ‘Akolo, who last week refused to step down after the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano called for his resignation, supported by Cabinet.

[PIR editor's note: Radio New Zealand International reports that the newly-appointed minister feels that accepting the position has been a challenging decision. Talking to Television Tonga, 'Aisake said he would serve the people of Tonga with experience acquired during many years working in the finance ministry, and he is confident he will be able to better collaborate with cabinet, parliamentarians and the public.]

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