Sione Sangster Saulala

Sione Sangster Saulala (born 9 April 1974) is a Tongan broadcaster and politician and member of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. He is a member of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Politics and Business Management from the University of the South Pacific, and a Diploma in Education from the Tonga Teaching Training College. Saulala is the manager of the Oceania Broadcasting Network and editor of the Tonga Star. In 2003, he was one of five people prosecuted for contempt of court for a television broadcast discussion the government's suppression of the Times of Tonga newspaper. In 2007 he was charged with sedition and riotous assembly over the 2006 Nuku'alofa riots, but the charges were later dismissed. In 2007 Saulala served as chair of the Tonga Rugby Union. He was re-elected in 2009 but his election was disputed. He contested the 2005 elections, standing in Vava'u, and the 2008 elections, standing in Tongatapu, but was unsuccessful. He was elected to the seat of Tongatapu 7 in the 2010 elections. In October 2011, he introduced a controversial Arms and Ammunitions (Amendment) Bill to Parliament as a private member's bill.

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Date of birth
April 9th, 1974


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