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Sunday 6 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When confronted with revelations in the 2015-16 Annual Report of the Auditor General of unpaid debts, unrecorded assets, improper record of revenues and even separate bank accounts of government ministries, the Tongan Parliament was thrown into turmoil when it resumed its 2017-18 session on 1 August. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 13 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Vote of No Confidence in Tonga's Prime Minister and his Cabinet was handed out by the Speaker, Lord Tu'ivakano, to the Tongan Parliament this afternoon before the House closed today at 4:00pm.
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Friday 4 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
What has happened to the Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva and his government? It's a question that many people have been asking after the Tongan Parliament ended its 2016 session on Thursday, 27 October.
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Wednesday 10 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An amendment to Tonga’s Traffic Regulations relating to fees for “licences for all private motor vehicles” and some driving licences, was passed by the House on Monday, in spite of the fact that it contained a number of ambiguities. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 28 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Prime Minister told the House this week that the Reserve Bank should tell the commercial banks to reduce their interest rates and to reduce their profit to not more than $2 million pa’anga per annum - one wonders if the Prime Minister had discussed the issue with his Minister of Finance? Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We and the Government I led were opposed to ratifying CEDAW. We, the Government of the day, subsequently agreed to have a full and frank debate in the House, following the receipt of a petition introduced to the House by some of the people’s representatives. – Lord Sevele ‘o Vailahi.
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I recall your 2009 report on the Parliament’s 21-1 vote against ratifying CEDAW; it included Prime Minister Pōhiva who voted against ratification. It is, therefore, as clear as noonday to me that Parliament has not passed legislation re-authorizing the ratification of CEDAW if it has previously voted against it. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
Wednesday 24 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Tonga's next Prime Minister will take place at 10:00am Monday, 29 December at the Parliament House, the Interim Speaker, Lord Tupou announced this morning.
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Thursday 11 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By Wednesday next week, the 26 newly elected members of the Tongan Parliament should be ready to proceed and elect a Prime Minister, said 'Etuate Lavulavu, the spokesperson for seven independent People's Representatives.
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Wednesday 8 October 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An attempt by the Ministry of Justice to reform Tonga's judicial system is on hold, awaiting HM King Tupou VI's consent to amendments of the Constitution and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Act, that were passed by Parliament at the end of August. A constitutional review has found that "The provisions in the Constitution relating to the Judiciary are particularly laking in both structure and content to the extent that they are not only unworkable but are totally incompatible with the principles of constitutional monarchy and democracy upon which the new Constitution of 2010 was supposed to have been founded." By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 27 June 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fearing that a visit to Taiwan might damage Tonga's diplomatic relationship with China, Tonga's Parliament has stopped its Speaker from attending this year's Asia Pacific Parliamentary Union (APPU) meeting in Taiwan. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 24 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Akilisi Pohiva, the People's Representative No. 1 for Tongatapu has been declared the recipient of the Defender of Democracy Award for 2013, by the Parliamentarians for Global Action PGA.
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Monday 25 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Regarding the editorial comment (Tonga Pacific Games Organising Committee to Set Own Salaries). The fact is that I moved to insert into the Bill the requirement to consult the Remuneration Authority on all issues relating to salaries and allowances before they are finalized by the Organizing Committee and the Audit and Governance Authority.
Friday 22 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament has over-spent its budget by 7% and it could not afford to pay its staff who had worked overtime, the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua told the House before it closed its three-days special session on Tuesday evening, 12 March.
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Tuesday 19 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A letter with a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister was presented to the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Lasike, yesterday, June 18, the Chief Clerk of the House, Sione Tekiteki confirmed this afternoon.
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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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Thursday 28 May 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King George Tupou V officially opened the 2009 session of the Tongan parliament in Nuku'alofa this morning, May 28. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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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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Thursday 5 October 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and the Government of Tonga should allow the people to elect all the members of the Tongan parliament, Dr Sitiveni Halapua told the Tongan Legislative Assembly today (5 October 2006).... At question time a People's Representative 'Akilisi Pohiva asked how deeply had the NPCR and the people discussed Section 75 of the Constitution - the right of members of parliament to impeach Cabinet Ministers, because there had been 10 impeachment cases since 1912, but no ministers had ever been impeached in Tonga.
Monday 6 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People's Representatives to the Tongan Parliament today called for government to hold a referendum, asking the Tongan people if they want the right to elect all of the 30 members of the Tongan parliament, so the King can appoint his Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers from among the elected members.
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