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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The main problem with Tonga's parliament today is that 17 People’s Representatives can’t work together, making it very difficult for parliament and government to function properly, says Dr Sitiveni Halapua, who played a pivotal role in Tonga’s democratisation reforms. "What is happening now, we inherited the problems of progress, but we do not have progress.” Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 1 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been left without a resident Head of State or a Prime Minister for weeks.
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Thursday 1 July 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
It is clear that Tongan leaders are neither bringing the Aristotlean Participatory Democracy model known as "the rule of the many." Nor do they plan for a Representative Democracy model (egalitarianism). - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Monday 17 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The names of five candidates submitted for the Constitution and Electoral Commission may receive the formal endorsement from the Privy Council at the end of this week.
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Friday 21 September 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debate became so confusing that on the final day, Thursday, September 13, Noble Luani, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Reform Committee, pleaded with the Chairman of the Whole House Committee to call for votes, saying they had reached a "Tower of Babel" crisis, "You ask for a nail, you are given a hammer. You ask for a bucket, you are given an axe!" he complained. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 23 March 2007
San Mateo, California
As many may deny it, or the faint of heart may not admit it - Tonga's reform may be its only hope for economic recovery (and future). - Alipate Sanft
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Thursday 1 February 2007
Kolofo'ou, Tonga
Joe is quite right that the Tonga police and military are not big enough to deal with an insurgency because Tonga did not need a big police force or military as Tonga was the proud Friendly Islands until the 16/11. You misfits must be proud of what you did to Nuku'alofa and the business people who are the backbone of our economy. ...Tonga needs a new version of democracy- Taasi Holiday
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Friday 26 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's political reform program is still where parliamentarians left it in parliament on November 14, 2006, according to the Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele.
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Saturday 21 October 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government yesterday evening [20 October 2006] made an official response to the recommendations of the National Committee for Political Reform by announcing the Cabinet's own proposal for political reform.
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Thursday 8 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The long awaited handing over to the Palace Office of prosposed amendments to the Tongan Constitution and other acts, in a booklet prepared by the National Committee for Political Reform took place at 2pm today.
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Friday 4 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On today's public holiday to mark the 130th year of the Tongan Constitution, a political rally of about 200 people at Pangai Si'i in Nuku'alofa was told that the constitution deprives them of fundamental rights.
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Friday 28 October 2005
USA
As we struggle for political change, it is clear; we are far from where we ought to be. -TamaFoa
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Thursday 27 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The National Committee of the Kingdom of Tonga for Political Reforms proposed by Noble's Representative, HRH Prince Tu'ipelehake, triumphed in parliament on October 24 when it won 12 out of 18 votes in favour of its set up.
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Monday 31 January 2005
California, USA
We have just returned from Tonga after two months 'eva and it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable times I've ever had, living a bit far away from the capital at one of the villages, and looking at how people in Tonga handle and are perceiving political and social happenings in our Kingdom. - Fuai'api Sime
Monday 18 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Motion by Prince Tu'ipelehake for government to form a committee to draft a Bill making it possible for Tonga to have a referendum. From the House, Minute No. 59, Tuesday 12 October 2004.
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Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A constitutional monarchy as a system of government has been serving Tonga since 1875 making it the oldest government in the South Pacific Islands region. It has also been recognised as the most stable government in the region. But recently this 122-year-old system of government has come under pressure both from outside and from within the kingdom for some fundamental changes. FROM OUR ARCHIVES by Pesi Fonua.