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Friday 10 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
What kind of government would Tongans like to have working for them following the 16 November election? It's evident that the new government, to be formed by the end of this year, has an enormous challenge ahead, because our elected leaders need to rescue Tonga from a “free-fall” situation that we have found ourselves in, after seven years under a reformed system that has not met the public's expectations. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 29 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outcome of Tonga's November 16 General Election could be a game changer for the slow-moving democratic parliamentary reform that was begun in 2010. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 16 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With Tonga only weeks away from a snap General Election, the Tonga government is taking full control of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, in a move that has annihilated its right to function as an honest Public Broadcaster. Its two most senior journalists have been ordered out of the newsroom and into a corner. By Pesi Fonua
Sunday 3 September 2017
Parliament House

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The dissolution of the Tongan Parliament by HM King Tupou VI on August 24 is a wake up call for Tongans to return their focus to Tonga's modern democratisation process. Since a move to speed up the democratic reform process was initiated in 2010, social and political progress has faltered in an increasingly unsettled and disruptive political environment. By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 10 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands (DPFI) in power, Tonga has to restructure its political system. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 13 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The inaugural declaration by the UN General Assembly for 2017 as the first International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a great incentive for Tonga and a time for some serious reflection on why we are failing to build a more sustainable tourism industry - one that can prosper and create more jobs. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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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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Thursday 31 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A year after Tonga’s second democratically elected government came into power at the end of December 2014, Tongan politics is stuck in the doldrums. The repetition by PM Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva that his government has the will to "take action" guided by the high moral principles of "good leadership, rule of law - justice for all and the fair distribution of national wealth," so far, are just hot air. The difference between what has been said and what has happened, speaks for itself. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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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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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 10 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“How is the new government?” It's a question that most Tongans and people interested in the region are asking these days. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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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 FROM OUR ARCHIVES
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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