29 February, 2020, 10:52 pm
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29 February, 2020, 10:52 pm | Suva - 30°C Sunny

Tongan PM Akilisi Pohiva dies aged 78

By Semi Turaga
Thursday 12/09/2019

The Tongan prime minister and long‑time democracy campaigner, 'Akilisi Pohiva, has died.

Radio NZ reports the 78‑year‑old had been taken to Auckland yesterday, suffering from pneumonia.

Starting life as a school teacher, Pohiva grew to become one of the stalwarts of Tonga's pro‑democracy movement.

A constant thorn in the side of the monarchy and nobility, Pohiva's lifelong battle for representation had seen him fired from the public service and charged with sedition.



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