Tonga PM, Pacific elder statesman, dead at 78 | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

16 September, Monday


Tonga PM, Pacific elder statesman, dead at 78

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Tonga's prime minister Akilisi Pohiva died in an Auckland hospital after years of ill health, New Zealand officials said Thursday, hailing the 78-year-old as a democratic pioneer in the Pacific kingdom.

Pohiva was airlifted from Tonga on Wednesday to receive treatment for pneumonia, when his office issued a statement urging people to pray for him.

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