ʻAkilisi Pōhiva

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ʻAkilisi Pōhiva
Prime Minister of Tonga
In office
30 December 2014 – 12 September 2019
MonarchTupou VI
Preceded bySialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō
Succeeded bySemisi Sika (acting)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 January 2018 – 12 September 2019
Preceded bySiaosi Sovaleni
Minister of Health
In office
4 January 2011 – 13 January 2011
Prime MinisterSialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō
Preceded byViliami Tangi
Succeeded by‘Uliti Uata
Personal details
Samiuela ʻAkilisi Pōhiva

(1941-04-07)7 April 1941
Died12 September 2019(2019-09-12) (aged 78)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyDemocratic Party of the Friendly Islands
Other political
Human Rights and Democracy Movement
(before 2010)
Spouse(s)Neomai Pohiva
Alma materUniversity of the South Pacific

Samiuela ʻAkilisi Pōhiva (7 April 1941 – 12 September 2019)[1] was a Tongan pro-democracy activist and politician. Pohiva was the leader of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands (DPFI). He was the Prime Minister of Tonga from 2014 to his death in 2019.[2][3]

Pōhiva died of pneumonia and liver disease on 12 September 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 78.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tongan PM 'Akilisi Pohiva dies, aged 78". RNZ. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  2. Tora, Iliesa (2014-12-31). "Dawn of a New Era: Pohiva is the first elected commoner to be PM" (PDF). Tonga Daily News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  3. "Tongan democracy activist becomes first commoner elected as PM". ABC News (Australia). 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2015-02-09.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō
Prime Minister of Tonga
Succeeded by
Semisi Sika