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Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva, 78, dies in New Zealand

Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva, 78, dies in New Zealand
FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva of Tonga addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz -
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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.

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.

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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