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Tuesday 18 July 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sudden death of Prince Tu'ipelehake was a great loss to Tonga's political reform movement. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 20 April 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: At this junction of our quest for social, economic and political reform in Tonga, the one entity that is obviously missing is a credible opposition to form some sort of Shadow Government responsible for the drafting, presenting of demands and reform proposals, and the monitoring of their progress. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 28 March 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga prides itself as the only sovereign country in the South Pacific that was never colonised, and therefore in the 21st century we should have been able to claim the title of the most politically mature, vibrant and stable country in the region. But we are far from it. So what went wrong? Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 12 March 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua. Events in Tonga over the past few weeks, have left vacuums in our midst and are reshaping the entities that had the power to influence our lives, our way of thinking, and our style of government.
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Monday 27 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With the rankling that is going on between the government and the Public Servants Association (PSA), to find a way forward there is obviously a need for both to revisit the Memorandum of Understanding they signed on September 3, ending the six-week national strike of Tonga's public servants. Editor's Comment. By Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 16 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The resignation of the Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata on February 11 offers myriad possibilities in popular speculation on what may be happening in government, but one thing that is certain is that it has further magnified the political reform processes that are currently taking place in Tonga. Editor’s Comment. By Pesi Fonua
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Saturday 3 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
What is going to happen in Tonga on December 5, 2005? The date has been earmarked by constitutional reformers as a deadline for government to make an immediate response to their demands for people to have the right to choose all members of parliament. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 12 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The decision by Government and its Civil Servants on September 4 to end the Civil Servants' strike by giving in to the strikers demands, was a huge undertaking by a government that has few sources of revenue other than taxes, foreign aid and foreign remittances. Editor's Comment
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Tuesday 27 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the success of the Public Servants strike, and the people's first taste of political power, Minority rule, which has been the tradition in Tonga's Constitutional Monarchy, is coming under great pressure to change to be in line with the aspirations of Tongans today for a more democratic form of government. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 1 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government's official response to the public uproar over the high cost of electricity and salaries of the top executives of Shoreline Power appears to be insincere and doubtful. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 2 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Professor Futa Helu withdrew his support from 'Akilisi Pohiva and Dr Feleti Sevele, and endorsed Clive Edwards as the Number One candidate for Tongatapu in the recent March parliamentary election, he initiated a split in Tonga's Pro-democracy Movement. Tonga now has two Demo camps, the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement and the People's Democratic Party, which have begun to be critical of each other. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 22 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sudden rise of Dr Feleti Sevele to a prominent position in Cabinet, as Acting Prime Minister, this week is food for thought, taking into consideration that he is a full-blooded Demo who has been pushing for political changes in Tonga for years. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The saying today in Tonga that some people can get away with million dollar day-light robberies, while others may be sent to jail for stealing the neighbour’s chicken, is very true if you look at what has been happening during the past few months. The March parliamentary election has stretched some people’s imaginations to the limit so that they do things that an ordinary bible-carrying, big ta'ovala wearing Tongan would not do, which is simply cheating in order to get a few votes. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
Friday 18 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Now that the historical 2005 parliamentary general election is over, the next question is who will gain the Grace and Favour of the Royal Family to become Cabinet Ministers? Four ministers are to be selected this year from the new Nobles' and People's Representatives. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 3 March 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten years ago Tonga introduced its 15% Consumption Tax in April 2005. FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The timing of the rushed introduction of the new Tonga Consumption Tax or TCT, makes one wonder if government had deliberately chosen April 1 to give the parliamentary candidates and the public something to chew on while they work themselves up to a voting mood on March 17. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 18 February 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we are getting closer to Tonga's 2005 Parliamentary General Election on March 17 the idea of political change is still the popular campaign issue, and it is clearer now that we are looking at three different proposals, or models of government. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 10 February 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The approach by government to appoint four cabinet ministers from the 18 elected members of the House this year has given a new dimension to Tonga's 2005 parliamentary election. Now, in effect, an elected member of the "opposition" may cross the floor to become a member of the cabinet. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua,
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Tuesday 18 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Candidates for Tonga'’s March 17 parliamentary election, with few exceptions, have one campaign theme, that we hear over and again: "Tonga must change its political system". Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 6 January 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is an urgent need for Tonga to take a decisive action in 2005 on how to move forward with its economic and political reform programs. Editor's comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 13 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the world, and Tonga, commemorated Human Rights Day on December 10, the USA, the world's only Super Power, in leading its war against terrorism declared that weak and authoritarian states are a threat to the United States. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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