RNZI: The attempts by the Tonga opposition to hold the first ever vote of no confidence have again been delayed, this time by confusion over whether the recently convicted Speaker, Lord Lasike, can take his seat in the Assembly.
Lord Lasike was convicted and fined last week for illegally possessing ammunition.
The Matangi Tonga website reports that under the constitution when someone is convicted of an offence that carries a maximum sentence of two or more years jail they must forfeit their parliamentary seat.
Lord Lasike is appealing the court ruling.
Parliament met briefly yesterday morning before adjourning until Thursday while both sides seek legal clarification on his status.
The motion for the vote of no confidence was presented more than three weeks ago but by various strategies the government of Lord Tu’ivakano has managed to avoid a vote.
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