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Wednesday 12 November 2014
Parliament House

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan voters will be put on the spot on November 27 to elect a new government that could save the country from its current economic downward spiral, and to start a recovery process that will restore the trust and confidence of the people in the system of government that was implemented in 2010. Until we fully understand how our system works, and why it doesn’t work, we will continue to struggle. Editor’s comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 17 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Eleven months from now, in November 2014 Tongans will go to the polls to elect new members of parliament. As Tongans are preparing to pick their teams to find solutions to Tonga’s many problems, it is important to look at some of the immediate challenges that are confronting Tonga’s More-Democratically-Elected Government (MDE). Editor’s Comment, by Pesi Fonua,
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Monday 14 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs leadership to develop its economy - leadership with a vision to free itself from relying on aid donors to prop-up its struggling economy. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 4 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The resignation of Lord Tu‘iha‘ateiho as the Acting Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday, 27 August, is the latest fiasco in parliament, since Tonga introduced a new political system at the end of 2010. Editor’s Comment, By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 24 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government’s current sense of urgency to introduce a Freedom of Information Policy and to activate an Anti-Corruption Commission, is a sign that it has come to terms with the need to take its reform program to another level, and to have a more transparent, and corruption-free administration. After a year-long search for a more democratic system, the new government is still trying to find its feet as the Constitutional and Political Reform continues to unfold itself.
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Wednesday 11 January 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It appears that government believes that it is creating job opportunities by not reducing the size of the civil service. But surely this will lead to a situation where fees and taxes might have to be even further increased to keep them all at work, while every step in that direction reduces the private sector’s capacity to grow their businesses and to create jobs. Editor’s Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Saturday 5 November 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One year on from last November’s general election that heralded political reform, it is timely to look closely at how Tonga’s new government is shaping-up during the first year of its four-year term in office. Editor’s Comment
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Monday 10 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano has formed his cabinet and last Tuesday, January 4, the new cabinet ministers took charge of their Ministries in preparation for their formal swearing-in on Thursday, 13 January. EDITOR’S COMMENT.
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Tuesday 28 December 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we await the opening of Tonga’s new Parliament before January 13, Nuku’aofa is buzzing with speculation over the likely composition of the new Cabinet that Prime Minister Tu’ivakano is about to name.
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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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Friday 26 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We can say that: “The Battle is over and the War has started” and that is probably the best way to describe the outcome of the first round of Tonga’s Parliamentary Election yesterday, as Tongans prepare for the second round of voting by the new members of parliament who are tasked with putting a new government into place within the next 28 days. 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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Sunday 13 June 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legality of parliament’s voting on a very important motion and two reform bills legalizing Political Reform has become an issue that the Tonga Legislative Assembly has to address in order for the proposed political reform and the November 25 parliamentary general election to proceed. EDITOR’S COMMENT By Pesi Fonua.
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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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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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Wednesday 5 August 2009
Port Vila, Vanuatu
The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) continues to struggle to establish itself as a champion of Media Freedom in the Pacific Islands.
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Wednesday 18 March 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the posting of my Editorial, Fresh new parliament needs fresh new members on February 23, there has been some aggressive flak from a People’s Representative and reactions from political observers that attempt to distract from the points that were made. Editor’s Comment.
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Monday 23 February 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we are rushing to gather ideas to structure a new system of government, it is only wise for us to stop and have another critical look at what the Tongan parliament has forced on us to determine over a ridiculously short period of time. EDITOR’S COMMENT.
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Thursday 22 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Public Participation’ is a principle that the Tonga government appears to be striving to effect as we are trying to implement our economic and political reform programs… . The setback is an apparent reluctance by the Tongan people to participate in consultations in a meaningful and constructive way. Editor’s Comment.
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Monday 12 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The opening of the new Japanese Embassy in Nuku’alofa on January 1 added a new member to the small diplomatic community in Tonga. Editor’s Comment.
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