Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva, 78, dies in New Zealand

Published September 12, 2019, 9:34 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Reuters
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who was being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Auckland, has died, New Zealand media said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister of Tonga Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister of Tonga Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Pohiva, 78, was medevaced to Auckland Hospital on Wednesday, Radio New Zealand said.

The news was confirmed by an information ministry official, although the prime minister’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Tongan parliament has been deferred indefinitely as a result, media said.

 
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