Pohiva, 78, who had been a champion of democracy and activist for action on climate change, has died after a long illness

The Pacific is in mourning after Akilisi Pohiva, the prime minister of Tonga, a long-time pro-democracy campaigner and leader in the fight against climate change, died aged 78.

Pohiva had been ill for the much of the last year and was receiving treatment in New Zealand for liver disease. He was evacuated to Auckland on Wednesday suffering from pneumonia, Radio New Zealand reported. He died on Thursday morning.

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