20 May, 2020 – Parliament took another interesting turn today when Minister of Education, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, moved to replace Ha’apai 13 People’s Representative, Veivosa Taka, as Chair of the Whole House Committee.
Veivosa Taka has served as the Chairman for the Whole House Committee since October 2016.
Taka is also a staunch member of the opposition, the PTOA Party.
As Chairman, he was criticized for putting party politics first and his biased attitude in deliberating as the Chair.
People Representative Losaline Ma’asi of TT5 was nominated by the opposition, while the Nobles and Cabinet put forth their nominee, Lord Tu’iafitu.
In a vote of 11 – 7 in favor of Lord Tu’iafitu as the new Chair, Taka was ousted.