Young leaders vital to carry Tongan reforms forward

Tongan Advisory Council chairman Melino Maka ... "good leadership essential". [Photo: PINA]

Tonga needs to identify young leaders to carry on the kingdom’s political reforms into the future, says an Auckland-based community leader.

Tongan Advisory Council chairman Melino Maka said today King George Tupou V’s unexpected death last Sunday left uncertainty about the reforms.

Good leadership was essential for development – both economically and politically, he told a media conference at AUT University.

“We need to identify young leaders who can carry Tonga into the future.”

King George Tupou V relinquished much of his power in 2010, placing more political control in the hands of the elected government.


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