In June 1868, the Tongan Parliament instructed Ma’afu to cease from involving the Tongan Government in Fijian affairs

In June 1868, the Tongan Parliament ordered the flag to be hauled down and instructed Ma’afu to cease from involving the Tongan Government in Fijian affairs. This meant that he could not continue to exercise control by virtue of his authority as a Tongan chief, but had to be accepted as a chief in Fiji.
PACNEWS – Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association News Services Special Bulletin  on Fiji “Civil Coup”  Thursday, 25 May 2000 12:00PM

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