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Thursday 21 September 2017
Momi Bay, Fiji
A push for the development of political parties in democratic societies in the Pacific by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was the focus of a dialogue held this week in Momi Bay, Fiji where over 40 representatives from the Pacific region attended, including Tonga. UNDP's Bakhodir Burkhanov said political parties need to be “more than just a temporary vehicle for the promotion of the interests of one political leader or a small group”.
Thursday 7 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni emotionally bowed out yesterday, saying; “On no occasion did I try to undermine the support and cohesion within Cabinet.”
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Wednesday 6 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Ma‘afu, named as Tonga's new Deputy Prime Minister this morning, has been Tonga's Acting Prime Minister since 1 September. The Prime Minister's Office today announced the backdating of new ministerial appointments. Uncertainty over who was in charge had left the Caretaker Government in a state of disarray, after the PM left for the Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting at the end of last week.
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Thursday 15 June 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Please Prime Minister Pohiva, think again and do not harden your heart, because you are making a mockery of our Parliamentary system...you have Tongans and friends of Tonga with the archeological, cultural, environmental and engineering expertise and the hearts and minds to build our nation, please Prime Minister use them. You are destroying our environment and in the process destroying our very fragile “democracy” and our trust in you and this Government. -‘Ana Hau‘alofa‘ia Koloto
Friday 27 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will resume on Monday, January 30 for its final sitting of the 2016-17 session, that will include discussion on the status of Tonga’s efforts to host the 2019 Pacific Games.
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Tuesday 1 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Parliament struggled to make decisions on two important issues before its 2016 session closed on Thursday, 27 October. The House was trying to establish new procedures for a parliamentary Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. The other difficult issue was who will hold the ultimate power to appoint an Anti-corruption Commissioner for Tonga. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 13 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Surprise questions from visiting journalists, believed to be from the Fairfax Group in New Zealand, have upset Tonga’s Members of Parliament who complained in the House this morning and called for controls on how the media approach MPs. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Saturday 2 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ban on selling bread on Sundays will be enforced tomorrow, July 3. The ban, which was pushed for by church leaders and supported by members of parliament, re-enforces one of Tonga’s oldest laws, which forbids commercial undertakings on the Sabbath. However, owners of Tonga’s two biggest bakeries told Matangi Tonga Online that the ban would likely result in job losses because bakeries have been trading on Sunday for over 30 years.
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Sunday 19 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debt-burdened Tonga Forest Products Ltd. was in big trouble and being propped up by government, Hon. Poasi Tei, the Minister for Public Enterprises, told the Tongan Parliament on Thursday, 16 June. He said they had signed an agreement for a Maori company to take over and settle the loans. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 17 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chinese visitors whose visit to Tonga is organised by a local tourist operator will be the only ones eligible for a 30-days visa free stay in the country, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the Tongan parliament on Wednesday, 15 June. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The government can’t do much to help people in the flooded areas of Nuku’alofa because government has no money, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told parliament yesterday, Monday 13 June. He said that the newly constructed roads in the areas stopped the floodwater from flowing out of the areas. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 1 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Parliament started its 2016 proceedings this morning 1 February, by pondering its casualties over the holidays. The speaker, Lord Tu’ivakano informed members that since parliament’s closure in October 2015 two of the 26 members of the House had lost their seats. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 16 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mateni Tapueluelu, the No. 4 Tongatapu People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly has lost his seat, in a Nuku'alofa Supreme Court ruling on 11 December 2015 that found his election was unconstitutional because of outstanding debts on a court order from 2011.
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Thursday 22 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government’s foreign relations, its education system and its stance on the rule of law are issues that have suddenly confronted the public with mass confusion during the past few days. The authorities must now clarify where we stand or risk further loss of credibility. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 21 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Parliament this afternoon deferred its voting on a report of a Standing Committee on Privileges that found “there is prima facie case” for the Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu, to be impeached on various allegations of abuse of his office. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 17 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition that called on Tonga’s government to “safeguard and preserve the Popua Sia for future generations and to find another site for housing developments,” was approved by Tonga’s parliament yesterday, September 16, and passed to government to action. “We will not lose it,” the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the House. “We will cement it, preserve it, and landscape it.” From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Wednesday 9 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A motion/resolution by Lord Tu‘ilakepa to try to put the position of the Prime Minister's Personal Assistant under the civil service, was rejected by the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 8 September. The concern was that the civil service has a recruitment procedure whereas the PM's son was appointed privately to the position. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 3 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court decision on whether or not People's Representative, Mateni Tapueluelu, will lose his parliamentary seat, will be made on 12-13 November, Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen, stated yesterday September 2.
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Friday 21 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of four Pacific countries that have not ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), along with New Zealand, Samoa and Niue.
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Monday 17 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A letter seeking the approval of the House for the impeachment of the Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu was tabled into parliament this morning, 17 August by the Vava’u No. 2 Nobles’ Representative, Lord Tu’ilakepa.
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