Faleomavaega pays tribute to the late King George Tupou V

File photo of Congressman Faleomavaega with then Prime Minister of Tonga, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata, during their visit to the Congressman’s Washington, DC office on June 5, 2003. [photo: Congressman Faleomavaega’s office]

Cong. Faleomavaega Eni yesterday paid tribute to the late king in the U.S. House of Representatives and offered his condolences to the royal family during the appointed time for “One-Minute Speeches” in which Members of Congress may speak on a topic of their choice before their colleagues and before the nation.

“I was privileged to have personally known King George Tupou V for many years and I will remember him as a noble leader who was passionate about serving his people,” Faleomavaega said in his speech to Congress.

“King George Tupou V … led the Pacific’s only remaining monarchy into a more democratic form of government, introducing Tonga’s first popularly elected Parliament and Prime Minister two years ago. He was known as a progressive leader who promoted the private sector, technological advances, and a more open economy.

“As fellow Polynesians, the people of American Samoa share many cultural and historical ties with the people of Tonga and we join together to give our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho, the royal family, and the good people of Tonga.”

Congressman Faleomavaega also extended his deep condolences and well wishes to the Crown Prince, Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata, and the people of Tonga on this very sad occasion.

Source: Media release, Faleomavaega's office



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