Prime Minister Hu'akavameilku

A former political advisor believes Tonga’s parliament should be dissolved due to the current stand-off between King Tupou VI and the government.

Lopeti Senituli advisor to former Prime Minister Akalisi Pohiva says the King has no confidence in the current Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.

And he says it’s time for the prime minister to step down.

Meanwhile, a stalemate remains in Tonga after an announcement last week from the Privy Council that King Tupou VI was withdrawing confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence.

But the government, through acting Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu announced, its advice was the decision as to who occupies ministries is not the King’s to make, but rather the government’s.

For this reason, he said, the government was maintaining its appointments in the ministries.