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Friday 6 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s preparations to host the 2019 Pacific Games is in uproar after the Prime Minister's Office has called for the dismissal of Lord Sevele, the CEO and Chairman of Tonga's Pacific Games Organizing Committee, and the demand may now lead to Tonga losing the Games. The Pacific Games Council has not approved the proposal and has issued a warning to Tonga.
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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Majuro, Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands parliament has elected Hilda Heine as the country's new president, becoming the first woman in Micronesia to head the government. -PACNEWS
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Saturday 26 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Joy and charity seem to be the normal “companions” of Christmas while greed and contention are regarded as the instinctive “mates” of politics. - Tamanomuka.
Wednesday 9 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu denied allegations of illegal campaigning and corruption in the 2014 General Election, during his evidence to the Supreme Court in Neiafu on Friday, 4 December.
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Saturday 3 October 2015

New York, USA
Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva Akilisi challenged world leaders to have moral commitment and moral courage to address climate change and global inequalities; and not be distracted by political priorities, when he made his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on 29 September. At the same time, he stated that his government was considering removing constraints to sustainable development “such as cultural perceptions and religious dogma.”
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Tuesday 11 November 2014
Steven 'Esau

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd staff have today in a letter to the Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano refuted an unsigned anonymous letter previously sent to him as untruthful and damaging to its Finance Manager Steven 'Esau.
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Friday 19 September 2014
Auckland, New Zealand
A second edition of the ‘Fakahalafononga' handbook by Malakai Koloamatangi will be launched on New Zealand's Election Day in Auckland on Saturday, September 20.
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Wednesday 21 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Atenisi University will hold a “festival of democracy” next month, starting on June 17. The two-week event will include various speakers and panel discussions on democracy in Tonga as the country prepares for upcoming general elections in November this year.
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Monday 28 April 2014
Singapore
Tonga's Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano arrived in Singapore yesterday to renew relations with the Government of Singapore. His visit will end on Thursday, 1 May.
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Friday 11 April 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Public Service Association (PSA) is demanding an additional 20% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in their salaries and wages, the Minister of Finance, Hon. 'Aisake Eke told the Tongan Parliament on April 6. Whether or not government could meet the demand would not be clear until the government’s 2014-15 budget was finalized.
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Monday 7 April 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first Practice Parliament for Women is a crucial milestone and a very positive step forward for Tonga, said Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho in opening the event today, April 7 in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 2 April 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty representatives will take part in Tonga's first “Practice Parliament for Women” on April 10-11 in Nuku'alofa, a two-day event that aims to encourage women to run for parliament in the upcoming 2014 General Election in November.
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Sunday 8 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has chosen a new government, with Tony Abbott as its new Prime Minister-elect, after the Parliamentary Election results were announced before 10:00pm yesterday September 7, following the defeat conceded by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
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Tuesday 27 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu‘iha‘ateiho resigned as the Acting Speaker of the Tongan Parliament this morning, 27 August. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a shock email sent from his iPad yesterday, Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, has told the Vava'u Business Chamber he would like to see their members' tax returns for the last five years, before he will talk about their serious concerns over the withdrawal of Chathams Pacific domestic airline service.
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Monday 24 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The year 2012 has been an eventful year for Tonga, and a real test of the ability of government, and the people of Tonga to get the new system of government to work properly. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 10 October 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
I've got no personal axe to grind with PTOA leader 'Akilisi Pohiva but I think he has forgotten, to the detriment of his party and to himself, that politics is the art of being practical. Although he is paying dearly for this oversight, the rest of the country are also footing the bill for the absence of any effective opposition in the House - and denying us the fruits of an effective democracy. - Sefita Hao'uli.
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Thursday 16 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A move by ten members of the Tongan parliament to topple Tonga's first majority-elected government with a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, on June 18, has plunged Tongan politics into its most unstable state, since the political maneuvering by some politicians with a similar intention resulted in the mindless burning of the Nuku'alofa Central Business District on November 16, 2006. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 5 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Sevele, who was Tonga's Prime Minister for five years, from February 2006 to December 2011, during the planning and the implementation of the Political Reform Program, has described HM the late King George Tupou V as "a visionary leader and a man of substance," who further democratized Tonga's Constitutional Monarchy system of government by surrendering to parliament some of his executive power. Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 25 March 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Political Reforms in Tonga", an unsigned paper circulated in January 2012.
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