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Tuesday 21 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Construction of Tonga’s new government office block, St George Palace at Pangai Si’i in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District is on schedule to be completed on 17 July for an opening in August this year.
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Thursday 16 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A changeover from a Commissioner for Public Relations to an Ombudsman was a “coming of age” for Tonga, the kingdom's first Ombudsman ‘Aisea Taumoepeau SC, said yesterday at a function to mark the establishment of his office.
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Thursday 9 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI today, March 9, gave his consent to Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s reshuffled cabinet, which follows the forced resignation of the Minister of Finance Hon. 'Aisake Eke.
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Tuesday 7 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva at mid-day today announced a new reshuffled cabinet, which has yet to receive the official consent of King Tupou VI.
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Monday 6 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr ‘Aisake Eke was fired yesterday, a Sunday, by Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva. The Minister of Finance says one of the reasons he was asked to resign was because he abstained from voting on the motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister on February 27.
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Sunday 5 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva disputed parliament’s right to process the motion for a Vote of No Confidence in him, telling the Tongan media that the "Leader [PM] has the final say", during a press conference he called on Friday, 3 March, at the Epworth Hall, Nuku'alofa. By Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 23 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Injustice, insecurity and inequality all stem from corruption in governments around the world, according to a Transparency International Defence and Security (TI-DS) released this month. "Corruption is a rallying cry, an enabler and a key modus operandi for IS. ...The failure to grasp this undermines efforts to tackle the rise of violent extremism.” While Tonga is far from breeding the likes of IS, it should be reminded of the consequences of what corrupt activities and the inequalities that stem from it can lead to in the future.
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Tuesday 31 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s corruption ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index list has been excluded since 2012 due to insufficient survey information.
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Friday 27 January 2017
Berlin, Germany
Out of 176 countries listed in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 (excluding Tonga) an alarming 69 per cent scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived highly corruptible) to 100 (perceived as very clean). The high level of corruption and inequality is leading to a rise in populist politicians and democracies in decline. “We do not have the luxury of time. Corruption needs to be fought with urgency, so that the lives of people across the world improve,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International.
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Monday 16 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minster, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has relinquished his Education and Training ministerial portfolio to Hon. Penisimani Fifita from today, 16 January 2017. The PM becomes Minister of Internal Affairs in a re-assignment of portfolios that was granted by the King.
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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new government office block, St George Palace at Pangai Si’i, is emerging from its scaffolding wraps in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District, as constuction nears completion.
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Friday 23 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva to redeploy four senior staff from Foreign Affairs to other government ministries was overturned by the Public Service Tribunal on 9 December 2016.
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Wednesday 14 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three women have been recruited as new Chief Executive Officers by the Public Service Commission for a period of four-years.
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Wednesday 14 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Aisea Taumoepeau became Tonga’s first Ombudsman on 2 December after HM King Tupou VI in Privy Council consented to the Commissioner for Public Relations (Amendment) Act 2016 on 24 November.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Government’s public service will close down on Tuesday, December 20 at 4:30pm for the beginning of their Christmas vacation.
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Friday 14 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new Minister for Internal Affairs has been named as Hon Penisimani Fifita, Tongatapu’s No.9 People’s Representative to Parliament, effective today, Friday October 14.
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Thursday 13 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Internal Affairs launched colourful printed copies of Tonga’s first Community Development Plans at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, Nuku’alofa on Tuesday, 4 October. Meanwhile, the Department for Local Government was transferred from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth, and Sports, and then to the Ministry of Internal Affairs - who say it will move again.
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Friday 30 September 2016
New York, USA
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva received a Certificate of Honour as Honorary International Consultant of Peace from the President of the Federation of World Peace and Love, Dr Hong Tao-Tze on 22 September at a United Nations side event
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Thursday 15 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosefo Fe’aomoeata (Fe'ao) Vakata was dismissed as Tonga’s Minister of Internal Affairs, on 13 September 2016, the Prime Minister’s Office announced this afternoon, 15 September.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Cabinet decision on the future of the Minister for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, remains unknown after a Cabinet meeting today 14 September.
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