Parliament of Tonga closes session for 2011.
20 October 2011
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will officially close the
formal business of Parliament today, and concluding a four-month session of the
House, since its last State Opening on June 2.
The Closing of Parliament this year, will not have the usual
ceremonial procession of His Majesty The King from the Royal Palace to the
House, and parade of school children, instead its closing ceremony will be a
soft session to wrap up this parliamentary calendar.
Every year, the Address from the Throne, normally delivered
by His Majesty King George Tupou V who graciously honours the State Opening and
Closing of Parliament, will be read out
by Their Lordships, the Lord Vaea, Lord Ma'afu
Tukui'aulahi and Lord Fakafanua, in the presence of the Lord Speaker and
Members of the House.
The Speech from the Throne set s forth some detail of the
government's view of the condition that the country was in since the last
session and an indication of what bills it successfully brought forward.
Furthermore, the Speech will also outline the Government's proposed policies
and legislation for the coming session.
This year, has seen the first parliamentary session for the
newly democratic elected government since January 2011. Among the recent achievements of the House have
been the passing of bills for amending the Remuneration Authority, the
Retirement Fund Board and legislation for the Appropriation of Money.
During this parliamentary session, a new Member of
Parliament, Mr Falisi Tupou of Tatakamotonga was re-elected by writ of
elections as new People's Representative for the Tongatapu 9 constituency to
replace a seat vacated by Mr Kaveinga Fa'anunu who died from a terminal
illness, while still serving in office.
It is scheduled that The House may reopen its next session
early next year in February 2012.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.