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Saturday 12 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The actual number of Tongan Diplomatic Passports in circulation is unknown, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, told a Press Conference on Friday 11 November. The PM who is responsible for the issue of diplomatic passports has expressed his concern over the illegal selling of Tongan Diplomatic, and Ordinary passports to criminals who were using them to transfer illegal drugs to New Zealand and Australia.
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Friday 22 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Prime Minister Lord Sevele, a witness at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this afternoon, denied suggestions that his government had tried to “freeze-out” the former Attorney General John Cauchi.
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Monday 16 April 2012

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Tonga's political reform introduced an elected government for Tonga in 2010 when constituencies voted for their favourite personalities, but the process lacks vision, according to one of the architects of the reform. Dr Sitiveni Halapua believes that Tonga's new electoral system needs to be revised, so that when a new government is elected into power, it should already have a clear vision of where they are taking Tonga. Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 15 December 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga should have a new Prime Minister Designate by Monday or Tuesday next week. But the intense political competition going on as we are heading for the Second Round of our 2010 Parliamentary Election is that, suddenly, the contest is between a Political Party and a bloc of elected members of parliament. The outcome of this encounter in a country that has no laws to regulate parties is that one group will have a majority in Parliament to form a majority government and because of that, will be able to install a dictator into power. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 24 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Commoners tomorrow, November 25 will be given the opportunity in Tonga's Parliamentary Election to choose their 17 representatives to enter parliament. This is the first step in setting up a new government. The representatives that they elect tomorrow will become the decision makers in a second round of voting, which is the election of a Prime Minister to lead the country during the next four years. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 5 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"What will be the impact of the Political Reform that is about to take place in November on the Tongan culture and the relationship between the Common People and the Monarchy, and the Nobles?" That was the topic for a programme of Candidates Meeting the Press Dialogue on September 29 at the International Dateline Hotel.
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Saturday 2 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The closure of the Tongan parliament on Thursday, September 30 was a historical and a memorable event for Tonga but was not celebrated with the usual fanfare for the closing of the annual session.
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Friday 11 June 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Economic growth will be on the top of the Tongan government's working agenda during the next financial year, HM King George Tupou V said when he opened the Tongan Legislative Assembly's 2010 session yesterday, June 10.
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Monday 7 June 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Forum for Discussion on how to educate the Tongan public about the function of parliament, government and the law, and Tonga's political reform, was hosted by the Kolofo'ou Development Committee at the International Dateline Hotel on Friday, May 28.
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Tuesday 19 January 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The true colours of Tonga's People's Representatives came to light during the debate in Tonga's quest for a new and more democratic system of government . . . Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 12 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The eagerly awaited final report of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission released this week, contains some 80 recommendations on how to structure a new system of government for Tonga. While there are no surprises, the Commission does voice a concern over an apparent lack of understanding of its aims and the actual contents of its reports by some of the members of the House, who will be trusted with making the final decision on the new structure. By Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 9 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament is making itself irrelevant to the political reform process that it set for 2010, by failing to agree on the fundamentals for a new system of government for Tonga, and at the same time has left itself out of the decision-making process of the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Commission by not meeting the July 6 deadline for submissions. Editor's Comment.
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Tuesday 19 May 2009
Wellington, New Zealand
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele commented on Tonga's warm diplomatic relationship with New Zealand, the political reform process in Tonga and its stance on the Fijian political upheaval when he spoke at Victoria University on the evening of May 18.
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Tuesday 21 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the current discussions in the Tongan parliament about the exact role and the composition of Tonga's Commission for Political Reform, it is now glaringly obvious that parliament does not have a clear vision of the new system of government that they intend to impose on us. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 29 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The status of Tonga's political reform remains exactly where it was stuck when the members of parliament voted on it before the closure of parliament at the end of October 2007. Editor's Comment. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 19 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's 16/11 has been labelled as a 'Day of Shame' by the new Ministry of Information. But now, one year on, there has been no enthusiasm by anyone to remember what happened in Nuku'alofa on that day. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 18 December 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tensions were building up inside and outside of the Tonga Legislative Assembly in Nuku'alofa during the week leading up to Thursday November 16, the day mob violence erupted, destroying much of the central business district. In the following report, Matangi Tonga staff piece together what happened on that ugly day, one month ago, including the events leading up to it.
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Thursday 9 November 2006
2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tension is mounting in the Tongan Parliament this week over the direction of the Political Reform that has been set in motion since the end of 2004. The drama is also a decoy by the politicians to distract public attention from the massive salary increase - backdated for two years - the Members have just taken for themselves.
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Wednesday 8 November 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Tongan Legislature reconvened on Monday, November 6, after being in recess since October 23, members were told that they had only eight working days left this year. Faced with a overwhelming workload they immediately spent half a day getting heated up over the agenda and the impact of their 60% salary rise on their reputations, and then they had to close the House for another half day while they all cooled down. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 1 September 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This week's request by Shoreline Power for an electricity tariff increase to offset the rising cost of diesel fuel has brought into the limelight again the business of electricity generation and how Tonga is dealing with the complexity of a global economy where the price of a certain commodity is decided elsewhere. Editor' Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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