Prime Minister of Tonga Akilisi Pohiva arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. File photo/ 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.
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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