Tonga's opposition welcomes foreign legal appointees | Pacific Beat

Tonga's opposition welcomes foreign legal appointees

Tonga's opposition welcomes foreign legal appointees

Updated 15 February 2012, 12:04 AEDT

Tonga's opposition has welcomed the appointment of two foreign lawyers to key legal positions.

New Zealander Harry Waalkens will be the new Lord Chancellor, who advises the King on judicial appointments; while Fiji barrister Barrie Sweetman takes over from deputy prime minister Samiu Vaipulu as Attorney General.

The positions are temporary, pending permenant appointments.

The Friendly Islands Human Rights and Democracy Movement says the appointments will build confidence in the neutrality and independence of Tonga's legal system.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Po'i Pohiva, Director of the Friendly Islands Human Rights and Democracy Movement.

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